VAJEX Australia Board member, Garry Fabian, has been honoured by the German Government with the prestigious Verdienstorden (Order of Merit) of the German Republic, recognising his service to the citizens of Baden-Wurtenberg over many years.
Baden-Wurtenberg's Secretary of State, Winifred Kretchmann, nominated Garry for "sharing his experiences and personal story and building bridges of understanding." Garry has visited Germany many times over the last 30 years, often speaking to schools, educators and community groups about his war experiences, particularly during his family's time in Theresienstadt Ghetto. Garry's memoir, A Look Back Over My Shoulder, was reprinted in 2014, the same year he received the Gold Staufer Medal for his educational services to the state.
The German Embassy in Canberra will facilitate the award presentation.
Source: St Kilda Hebrew Congregation's newsletter
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