The New York Times Is Awarded German Prize for ‘International …

Mr. Baquet praised the Sulzberger family for its stewardship of The Times. With nearly two-thirds of income coming now from subscribers and the newspaper not owned by a conglomerate or a larger internet company, he said, “The New York Times is the most independent newspaper in the United States,” able to cover both presidents and companies “without fear or favor.”

In separate remarks Sunday evening, Mr. Sulzberger said the prize was a tribute to the journalists of the newspaper and “their unwavering commitment to the truth — at a time when the truth is more important, and more under siege, than at any point in my lifetime.”

He vowed that the newspaper, now largely a digital product, would survive. “No matter the latest trend or challenge, quality journalism would forever be our lodestar,” he said.

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“Today, against all odds and expectations, The New York Times employs nearly 1,500 journalists,” Mr. Sulzberger said, “more than when I took over 25 years ago. I consider that my greatest accomplishment as publisher of The New York Times.”

Ms. Dönhoff, who died in 2002, participated in the German resistance against Hitler, whose followers sometimes called her “the red countess.” Fleeing to western Germany as the Soviets took over her ancestral home, she joined the fledging Die Zeit in 1946 as political editor, and rose to be editor and then publisher. She pressed for reconciliation with Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union and was an expert on relations with the United States.

A separate prize, intended to encourage less established figures, was awarded to the Pulse of Europe, a year-old citizens’ movement founded to support the ideals of the European Union. It has now held rallies in 19 countries and 130 cities, said one of its founders, Sabine Röder.


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Previous winners of the main prize include Mikhail Gorbachev; Desmond Tutu; Bronislaw Geremek, the former Polish foreign minister; and the journalist Laura Poitras.

Walter Jacob, the boy of 8 who lived through Kristallnacht, was in the audience. Now 87 and living in Pittsburgh, he became a rabbi and said the prize helped promote “a different understanding of Germany.”

Mr. Jacob remains a daily reader of The Times, he said, which he picks up daily at the grocery store. “I still like a printed paper,” he said.

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