Recognition for Outstanding Contributions: Gisela Mahnkopf and Johannes Daxbacher Awarded the Federal Cross of Merit

Gisela Mahnkopf and Johannes Daxbacher receive the Federal Republic’s Cross of Merit for their efforts.

Bavaria’s European Minister Eric Beißwenger awarded the Cross of Merit with Ribbon of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic to personalities from Swabia in the Rococo Hall of the Swabian Government in the presence of District President Barbara Schretter. They included the former district home nurse Gisela Mahnkopf and the judo athlete Johannes Daxbacher.

European Minister Beißwenger said at the award ceremony: “You have done so much for the people in Bavaria and Germany. We depend on people like her, who are committed to all of us. This includes you without a doubt. Without you, Germany and Bavaria would be a different country, but certainly not a better one. Each of you has achieved outstanding things in your own unique way. That’s why the Federal President awarded you the Federal Cross of Merit. A well-deserved recognition!”

Involved in many excavations

Gisela Mahnkopf has made an outstanding contribution to the preservation of archaeological monuments and the research and communication of prehistory and early history in the Augsburg district, said Beißwenger. From 2003 to 2021 she was on the board of the local history association for the Augsburg district and as deputy chairwoman of the Society for Archeology in Bavaria.

Mahnkopf and Daxbacher Award The former district home nurse Gisela Mahnkopf also received the Order of Merit.

Photo: Michael Hochgemuth

From 2010 to 2022 she was also the district curator for archeology and archaeological monuments in the Augsburg district. For many years she has played a key role in carrying out numerous archaeological excavations and excursions and is an important representative of volunteers in state archaeology.

He shows that judo connects people worldwide

Johannes Daxbacher is active in a completely different field: “He is characterized by his outstanding commitment to judo sport and his commitment to judo for peace and development, said Beißwenger in the laudation. As a co-founder of the judo department in the Königsbrunn police sports club, for example, the Bobinger took over as trainer, instructor, department head and vice president. He also acts, among other things, as Chairman of the “International Judo Federation” and as a member of the “Police, Military and other Forces Commission” of the “European Judo Union”.

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Who receives the Order of Merit

The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany is awarded by the Federal President to women and men for political, economic, social and intellectual achievements as well as for all special services to the Federal Republic of Germany, for example services in the social, charitable and humanitarian areas. These are achievements that have usually been made with considerable effort over a longer period of time, putting one’s own interests aside. A single service is generally not enough.

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