Cross of the Order of Merit for Professor Dr Rüdiger Görner

31 May 2017
Ambassador Ammon and Rüdiger Görner with his family at the bestowal ceremony

Ambassador Ammon and Rüdiger Görner with his family at the bestowal ceremony

On Wednesday, 31 May, Ambassador Ammon has decorated Professor Dr Rüdiger Görner with the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his tireless commitment to building bridges through cultural engagement between Germany and the UK.

An internationally renowned academic, author as well as literary and cultural critic, Professor Görner has called Britain his home since 1981. He has been an indispensable champion of lasting German-British friendship and has inspired the younger generation to continue his work.

At the bestowal ceremony held on behalf of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany at the German Ambassador’s Residence, Peter Ammon said: "At the heart of all your work has run a single golden thread: your tireless commitment to bringing Germany and the UK closer together by constantly demonstrating our common cultural roots and ties – our elective affinities."

As Director of the Institute for Germanic Studies of the University of London, he founded the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre. He is the Founding Director of the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations at Queen Mary University of London, which offers an MA in Anglo-German Cultural Relations, a distinguished Writer-in-Residence Programme and a host of outstanding conferences and other events.

Professor Görner has been honoured with numerous accolades, including the Deutscher Sprachpreis of the Henning Kaufmann Foundation and the prestigious Reimar Lüst Prize in recognition of his outstanding scholarly work in the field of Anglo-German relations. He is also a Corresponding Fellow of the German Academy of Language and Literature.

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