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05.11.2018 - SIEGER Literature Prize 2017 for Wolfgang Jakubek

(wm) After a break of several years, the SIEGER Prize for philatelic literature was awarded at the International Stamp Fair in Sindelfingen on 26 October 2018. The medal shows the head picture of the founder with the inscription "Hermann E. Sieger, 1902-1954" on the front. Since Sieger’s death, the prize has been awarded by a chapter consisting of the chairman, a philatelic author, consul Hermann Walter Sieger, the owner of the well-known stamp house Hermann E. Sieger in Lorch (Württemberg) and the last winner.
As a rule, the award is presented annually to philatelists from Germany and abroad who have rendered outstanding services by their own work in the German language. It is also possible (§ 6 of the statutes of the SIEGER-PRIZE) to award the prize to a philatelist or an institution; it then concerns about a person or institution that has distinguished itself by fundamental and significant promotion of philatelic literature.
The prize for 2017 went to the world-renowned former auctioneer, examiner and famous author Wolfgang Jakubek. With "Knaurs Briefmarkenbuch - Die ganze Welt der Philatelie", published in various editions since 1976, and his book "Marken, Menschen und Marotten", published by Deutsche Post in 2000, he reached completely new readership groups who at first glance knew little about stamps and philately. The total circulation of the books mentioned above reached a six-figure number; something other authors may only dare to dream.
Jakubek was honoured for his literary life's work and his friend Hans-Joachim Schwanke personally accepted the prize for him in Sindelfingen - health problems did not allow Jakubek to be there himself.


Günter Sieger and his daughter handed over the certificate and medal to the founder, Haus Hermann E. Sieger. Left: the chairman of the chapter, Wolfgang Maassen (Photo: Wilhelm van Loo).