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Ernst Cramer, a German Jewish journalist and chairman of the Axel Springer
Foundation who explored his country's relations to
and the , died on Tuesday
in , 10
days before his 97th birthday.
Shortly before his death from a heart attack, he established a
German-Israeli journalism scholarship program.
One of the strongest advocates in the
for strengthening German-Israeli relations, Cramer wrote his last letter to the
Jerusalem Foundation on January 12.
In Tuesday's online edition of Die Welt
newspaper, Dr. Mathias
Döpfner, CEO of the Berlin-based Axel Springer AG newspaper publisher, wrote
that Cramer informed the Jerusalem Foundation that Axel Springer was sponsoring
a 10-year scholarship program for German and Israeli journalists.
"Such an exchange helps carry forward the German-Israeli friendship
into the next generation. That is first and foremost of importance,"
Cramer wrote in his letter to the Jerusalem Foundation.
Cramer, a prolific journalist, played a decisive role in the journalistic
history of post-Nazi .
In 1938, the Nazis deported him to the
concentration camp. While his brother and parents were murdered in the camps,
Cramer was able to seek refuge in the . In 1944, he returned
as an American soldier and helped to rebuild a democratic press in .
Cramer got into the major media through a meeting in 1958 with the legendary
publisher Axel Springer. Cramer became part of the publisher's inner circle and
he would later serve as deputy editor of Springer's flagship mass circulation
daily Die Welt
Cramer had close ties to 's , which awarded him an
Lala Süsskind, the head of the 12,000-member Jewish community, told The
, "Those who were fortunate enough to know Ernst Cramer
recognized his enormous potential and were recharged by his inexhaustible
energy, strength and inspiration."