Stiftung Luftbrückendank

Stiftung Luftbrückendank (Airlift Gratitude Foundation) was set up in 1959 by Willy Brandt on the 10th anniversary of the Blockadeand the Berlin Airlift of 1948/49 to express Berlin’s gratitude to the countries that carried out this operation. A call for donations raised around 1.6 million deutschmarks from the people of Berlin; the interest from the foundation’s endowment provided financial support to the families of the 78 men who lost their lives in the Airlift. Today the foundation funds a wide variety of youth and cultural projects dealing with the Airlift and the Berlin Blockade.