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Elisabeth Niggemann receives the Federal Cross of Merit

Minister of State for Culture Monika Grütters presented the Director General of the German National Library, Elisabeth Niggemann, with the 1st Class Federal Cross of Merit on 20 May 2019. The Director General was awarded the cross by Federal President Frank Walter Steinmeier for her impressive work and her dedication.

The Minister of State for Culture lauded Elisabeth Niggemann as a clever, empathetic listener and an eloquent, pragmatic conversationalist who unites the analogue and digital worlds and works as an intelligent mediator between libraries and publishing companies, and between creative people and users of their works.
(Photo: Alexander Paul Englert: Monika Grütters and Elisabeth Niggemann (from left to right) following the awards ceremony)

Administrative Council proposes Frank Scholze as new Director General

In accordance with the recommendations of a selection committee, the Administrative Council of the German National Library proposes to the Federal President that Frank Scholze be appointed as Director General of the German National Library. From January 2020 he will succeed Elisabeth Niggemann, who will be retiring at the end of 2019 after 20 successful years in the post.

Monika Grütters, Minister of State for Culture and the Media, welcomed the decision from the Administrative Counncil: “Thanks to his professional qualifications as a librarian, and his extensive experience as Director of Library Services at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Frank Scholze is eminently suited to taking on this important position."

Photo: Dr. Günter Winands, Chair of the Administrative Council of the German National Library, Frank Scholze and Dr. Elisabeth Niggemann, Director General of the German Nationnal Lirbary (from left to right)

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Ellen Bertram receives Federal Cross of Merit

For International Volunteer Day on 4 December 2018, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany to 28 men and women. The recipients of this distinction included Ellen Bertram, who worked as a librarian at the German National Library in Leipzig until she retired.

Ellen Bertram received this award for her outstanding commitment to the culture of memory and remembrance in Germany: she has spent 30 years conducting voluntary research at her own expense into the fates of more than 5,000 Jews from Leipzig who were persecuted and murdered during the Nazi era.

Thomas Kunst awarded literature prizes

Thomas Kunst, lyricist and employee at the German National Library, was awarded no less than two literature prizes in 2018.

On 2 November, he received the Walter Bauer Award for 2018, endowed with 3,500 Euro and presented by the Cities of Leuna and Merseburg. In its statement, the jury noted that Thomas Kunst had attracted considerable attention and critical acclaim for both his novels and his lyrics, particularly in recent years.

Back in October, Thomas Kunst was also awarded the Lower Austrian Literature Prize 2018 to the tune of 4,000 Euro for his text "Zandschower Klinken".

Last update: 22.05.2019

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