Sir Sigmund Sternberg
Order of St John KCSG JP
Sir Sigmund Sternberg, a Hungarian-born British philanthropist and businessman, has consistently encouraged interfaith dialogue for decades. His behind-the-scenes diplomacy played a critical role in relocating a Catholic convent at Auschwitz in the 1980s. He also has been influential in organising the first-ever papal visit to a synagogue, negotiating the Vatican’s recognition of the state of Israel, and opening Vatican war-time files relating to Nazis and Jews. His leadership in promoting better relations between Muslims, Jews, and Christians continue to bring about extraordinary breakthroughs in interfaith dialogue.
As a co-founder of the Three Faiths Forum, Sir Sigmund invited our President, Mrs Julia Häusermann, to serve on its Advisory Council. Sir Sigmund is particularly involved in Rights and Humanity’s work in the UK.