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BERLIN – Austria’s government honored Ari Rath, a former editor-in-chief of The
Jerusalem Post on Tuesday for his contribution to the Republic of
Rath, who was born in Vienna in 1925, fled Austrian Nazism as a
13-year-old to the British mandate in Palestine. He served from 1975- 1989 as
the Post’s joint editor-in-chief with Erwin Frenkel.
The president of
Austria’s Parliament, Barbara Prammer, presented Rath with the award of
distinction for his work on behalf of Austria and his efforts to foster a
peaceful co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians. Prammer termed him one
of the world’s “outstanding Journalists.” She added that he advocated good
relations between Israel and Austria. The former Austrian chancellor Franz
Vranitzky gave the keynote speech honoring Rath in Vienna.
working at the Post in 1957. In addition to serving as the paper’s senior
editor, he became the publisher in 1979. The 86-year-old Rath published a series
of essays in 2005 as a book titled On The Way to Peace.
The government of
Austria – including the city of Vienna– previously awarded Rath several medals
of distinction for his cultural and intellectual achievements.