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The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2020


Katharina von Schnurbein


German diplomat Katharina von Schnurbein was appointed as the first European Commission Coordinator on Combating Antisemitism in December 2015. Prior to this, she worked for five years as an advisor to EU Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso. In September 2020, von Schnurbein marked the first anniversary of the attack by a far-right gunman on Yom Kippur services at a synagogue in the German city of Halle by asserting that protecting Jews in Europe “means more than just building security.” Stated von Schnurbein: “Overall, we have to protect Jews better, including in everyday life. And that only works if we actively promote Jewish life. It’s at least as important as fighting hatred.” (Photo: Wikimedia / Creative Commons License)


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