This week, two very special events took place at the residence of Consul General David Gill: Mr. Allan Goodman and Dr. Ruth Westheimer were awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. This award is presented to honor and thank the most outstanding personalities who have achieved extraordinary things in their lives.
Allan Goodman, Director of the International Institute for Education, is an excellent academic and bold visionary, a truly passionate globalist and great friend of Germany and Europe. In his incredible career in science, research, teaching and academic administration, he has served as a consultant to numerous foundations and is an important partner of the DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service.
Dr. Ruth Westheimer is a Holocaust survivor, a former sniper with the Haganah in Israel, a college professor, a sex therapist and a television star. As Mr. Gill put it, her personality and her demeanor make her a role model and one of the most impressive people he has ever met. The Cross of the Order of Merit was presented to Dr. Ruth in order to honor her for her efforts in the process of German-Jewish reconciliation and her impact on German-American and German-Israeli relations. With her openness towards Germany she helped shape how the US as well as Israel see Germany and its effort to reconcile.