№ 380/2008 from Dec 02, 2008
Freie Universität Berlin has honored the former Polish Foreign Minister, Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, with its international Freedom Award. The award ceremony took place on December 4, 2008, the 60th anniversary of the official foundation of Freie Universität. Numerous prominent personalities attended the event.
Wladyslaw Bartoszewski was arrested at the age of 18 and incarcerated in the Auschwitz concentration camp. After several months he was released in April, 1941, by this time severely ill. He was one of the founders of the Polish Underground Association for Aid to the Jews, and in 1944 he participated in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. During the course of World War II and the following years, Wladyslaw Bartoszewski worked to mediate betwen Jews and Poles, and between Germany and Poland. For these activities, the State of Israel honored him as one of the Righteous among the Nations. In 1986 he was the recipient of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. Since November, 2007, he has been a foreign policy adviser to the Polish Prime Minister, Donald Tusk.
With its Freedom Award, Freie Universität honors persons who have served the cause of freedom in a political, social, or academic context. In 2007 the recipient of this award was the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former President of the Republic of Korea, Kim Dae-jung.
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