Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen is a Berlin native, having studied Music and Languages in Berlin, Perugia, and Rome. She has worked as a journalist for radio, TV, and the weekly newspaper Die Zeit. She has also published books and short stories, such as Zwei Bäume in Jerusalem (“Two Trees in Jerusalem”), which tells the story of her parents who saved some hundred Jewish lives. Yad Vashem honored her parents as “Righteous among the Nations” by planting a tree for each of them. In the late 1960s, she started her political career in the German Liberal Party (FDP). Ms. Schmalz-Jacobsen started as a member of the City Council of Munich and was later appointed Senator of the City of Berlin’s Government. In 1990, she was elected to the Bundestag. A year later, the federal government appointed Ms. Schmalz-Jacobsen as a Commissioner working on immigrant and refugee issues. She left Parliament in November 1998. Since that time, she has held a variety of positions in several public organizations, including serving as chairworman of Humanity in Action Germany for many years. She is the Honorary Chair of Humanity in Action Germany and is also an honorary board member of Humanity in Action, Inc.
Updated May 2019
More from Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen
Humanity in Action Launches Animated Documentary Films on YouTube
On the occasion of the 84th Remembrance Day of the November Pogrom of 1938, Humanity in Action is pleased to announce that its short animated documentaries Two Trees in Jerusalem and My Father’s War are now available online on YouTube.
Screening of "Two Trees in Jerusalem" & Talk with Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen on November 8 in Berlin
Humanity in Action Germany, JUMA e.V. and the Stiftung Weltethos are happy to invite you to the special event "Erinnerungskultur Neu Denken - Unerzählte Geschichten aus der NS-Zeit und ihren Nachwirkungen", taking place on the eve of the 84th Remembrance Day of the November 1938 Pogrom, also known as Kristallnacht.
We thank the Landecker Democracy Fellowship Admissions Committee 2022
Thank You to the 2022 Landecker Democracy Fellowship Admissions Committee for the Landecker Democracy Fellowship 2022/23. From August to September, 2022 members of the Admissions Committee read over 150 applications and interviewed more than 90 finalists.
Screening of "Two Trees in Jerusalem" & Talk with Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen on October 5 in Berlin
The German Resistance Memorial Center, the Gegen Vergessen - Für Demokratie e.V. association and Humanity in Action Germany are happy to invite you to a special screening of the animated short film, ‘Two Trees in Jerusalem‘, followed by a talk and Q&A with the film's protagonist Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen (in German).
Humanity in Action's Two Trees in Jerusalem selected for Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival
Humanity in Action is happy to announce that its animated short film Two Trees in Jerusalem is an official selection for the Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival. The 21st edition of the annual festival takes place from June 19-July 22, 2022.
Humanity in Action Launches Educational Resources for its Animated Documentary Films
Humanity in Action is pleased to announce its new educational resources accompanying the short animated documentaries "Two Trees in Jerusalem" and "My Father’s War."
Two Trees in Jerusalem: Educational Materials, Resources, and Inspirations
On this page you will find a variety of educational tools and resources to enrich the viewing experience of the film "Two Trees in Jerusalem" in your classroom.
Film Talk: Amrai Coen in conversation with Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen and Peter & David Hein
Humanity in Action is happy to invite you to a special Film Talk: Amrai Coen (Die Zeit) in conversation with Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen (Two Trees in Jerusalem) and Peter & David Hein (My Father's War).
We thank the Landecker Democracy Fellowship Admissions Committee 2021
We thank the members of our Admissions Committee for the Landecker Democracy Fellowship 2021/22. From August to September, 2021 members of the Admissions Committee read over 150 applications and interviewed more than 90 finalists.
Federal Cross of Merit for Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen
We are proud to announce that Humanity in Action Germany’s Honorary Chair Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen has been awarded the Federal Cross of Merit in October 2020.