Federal Order of Merit Award

Heidelberg, Germany
July 29, 2003

Federal Order of Merit awarded to Georg Hildebrandt. Undersecretary Michael Sieber of the Ministry for Science, Research and Art honors Hildebrandt, who was born in 1911 in the former Soviet Union, for his contributions toward understanding and reconciliation between Germans and Russians. Resident of Heidelberg since 1974, Hildebrandt in 1990 published a book entitled "Wieso lebst du noch [Why are you still alive]?" He describes in the book his experiences in Soviet punishment camps, in which he spent a considerable portion of his life. Despite his advancing age, Hidlebrandt also endeavors to make life easier for Aussiedler of German descent still arriving from the Soviet Union.
Mr. Michael Sieber delivering his talk with the underlying theme in support of the proposal for the award.
Mr. Sieber inviting Georg Hildebrandt to accept his award.

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