Dr. h. c. Charlotte Knobloch was born in Munich in 1932. She survived the Nazi era as a child. A former domestic servant of the family took her in on her farm in Franconia from 1942 to 1945 and passed her off as her illegitimate child.
After the end of the war, she returned to Munich. In 1982, she was elected to the Board of Directors and in 1985 was elected President of the Jewish Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria. From 1997 to 2006 she was Vice President and from 2006 to 2010 President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany and from 2003 to 2011 Vice President of the European Jewish Congress.
From 2005 to 2013, she was also Vice President of the World Jewish Congress, with which she has been associated as Holocaust Remembrance Officer since 2013.
She is an honorary citizen of the city of Munich, recipient of the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, patron of the Ernst Ludwig Honorary Society and honorary senator of the Heidelberg University of Jewish Studies.
Photo source: Daniel Schvarcz