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Madeleine Albright awarded with the prestigious Bridge Award

Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright received the Bridge Award from the Council of Christians and Jews in London on December 7. The award has been given since 2017 to important personalities who help to construct bridges between people in the Christian-Jewish world.

The Award ceremony took place at the South Hampstead Synagogue via the Zoom video conferencing application. Madeleine Albright was presented the Award by Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, the ceremony was attended also by Ambassador Marie Chatardová.

Madeleine Albright was born Marie Jana Körbelová in Czechoslovakia in 1937 to Jewish parents and then fled to London in 1939, where she spent the war. She learned about her parents' Jewish origins, as well as the fact that two dozen members of her family died during the Holocaust, only at an advanced age, thanks to a Washington Post report. In 1993, she became the United States Ambassador to the United Nations in New York, and since 1997 she has served as the first U.S. Secretary of State in the administration of President Bill Clinton. In 2012, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

Madeleine Albright awarded with the prestigious Bridge Award