The ICCJ mourns the loss of its Honorary President Prof. Dr Martin Stöhr

On December 04, 2019, Martin Stöhr, our former President and Honorary President, passed away at the age of 87 years.

Worldwide he was a frequently engaged protagonist of the Christian-Jewish dialogue. He understood that in terms of Judaism, a fundamental reorientation on the part of Christians was necessary.


In particular, he dealt bravely with the anti-Jewish writings of Martin Luther. He was concerned with the development of a theology that would recognize the Jewish roots of Christianity and eliminate Christian arrogance.

Throughout his life, Martin Stöhr was committed to a new relationship with Judaism and the everlasting chosenness of the Jewish people, opposing anti-Judaism.


Martin Stöhr was President of our organization from 1990 to 1998 and since then, was one of our Honorary Presidents.

He also understood that academic engagement must also be supported with money. In this sense, he succeeded in founding and nurturing the International Martin Buber Foundation.

The ICCJ - its Executive Board, the member organizations worldwide, the team at its headquarters, the Martin Buber House in Heppenheim, as well as the Association of Friends and Sponsors of the Martin Buber House - will always keep fond memories of Professor Martin Stöhr.


Please see also the obituary by Detlev Knoche, Director of the Ecumenical Centre of the Protestant Church of Hesse-Nassau (EKHN) Martin Stöhr belonged to; published in German and English.