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The ADL Paul Ehrlich-Gunther K. Schwerin Human Rights Award

The Paul Ehrlich-Gunther K. Schwerin Human Rights Award was established in 1998 by ADL in conjunction with a descendant of Professor Paul Ehrlich to honor the late Gunther Schwerin, grandson of the renowned German-Jewish scientist, and Dr. Ehrlich, discoverer of the cure for a disease that had ravaged people for centuries. More than a great scientist, Ehrlich was a great humanitarian who represented the best in German and German-Jewish society before the Nazi Juggernaut destroyed both. Schwerin upheld his grandfather's legacy to battle intolerance and established this award to honor those who have fought anti-Semitism throughout Germany and Europe.

Previous honorees


Matthais Kuntzel
German Author and Political Scientist

Dr. Gerhard Conrad
German mediator who helped secure the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit


Otto Schily
Minister of the Interior, Federal Republic of Germany


Gert Weisskirchen
Member German Bundestag and Vice President, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly


Rudolf Scharping
Minister of Defense, Federal Republic of Germany


Dr. Rita Süssmuth
Member of the Bundestag, Federal Republic of Germany

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Paul Ehrlich, shown in an undated photo

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