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religious organization executive

Gerhart Moritz Riegner, religious organization executive. Recipient Nahum Goldmann medal, World Jewish Congress, 1981, Roger Joseph prize Hebrew Union College, 1984, Patriarch Abraham award, Brazilian Bishops Conference, 1989.

Background

Riegner, Gerhart Moritz was born on September 12, 1911 in Berlin. Arrived in Switzerland, 1934. Son of Heinrich and Agnes (Arnheim) Riegner.

Education

Law degrees, Germany and France, 1934. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1982. Doctor of Theology (honorary), Humboldt University, Berlin, 1988.

Doctor of Sacred Letters (honorary), University St. Michael's College, Toronto, Canada, 1990.

Career

With, World Jewish Congress, Geneva, since 1936; secretary general, World Jewish Congress, Geneva, 1965-1983; co-chairman governing bd, World Jewish Congress, Geneva, 1983-1991; honorary vice president, World Jewish Congress, Geneva, since 1991. Chairman International Jewish Committee on interreligious consultations, 1982-1984.

Membership

Chairman Conference on Non-Governmental Orgns. in consultative status with United Nations, 1953-1955, in consultative status with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 1956-1958, World University Svc., Geneva, 1949-1955. Member International Council Christians and Jews (honorary vice president since 1988, humanitarian award 1981), International Council Yad Vashem (Jerusalem), Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture (board directors), Beth Hatefutsdth-Museum of the Jewish Diaspora (Tel Aviv).

Connections

father:
Heinrich Riegner

mother:
Agnes (Arnheim) Riegner