Berlin Airlift Contest

Photo credit: AmCham Germany/Gregor Fischer

On the picture above: The #AirliftContest winners at AmCham Germany's Award Ceremony on November 8, 2018 in Berlin

Thank you for countless creative submissions!

Read here: the winning short story 'America gives me wings' by Tim Oswald

About the Airlift Contest

Seventy years ago, the Berlin Airlift sent an important signal for the post-war transatlantic friendship. At a time when this friendship is no longer taken for granted, today’s young generation has a unique opportunity to shape the future of the German-American partnership. That's why AmCham Germany took this important anniversary for the city of Berlin as an opportunity to hold a contest for young people.

We wanted to hear from 16-to-26 year olds what the transatlantic partnership means to them and how they live and experience it today. The response was great – not just in Berlin, but also across Germany.

Thank you to everyone who supported this project or participated!

We received creative and inventive essays, reports, poems, short stories, video blogs, and podcasts. With their entries, all winners send a positive signal for the stability of our shared transatlantic values and the human connections that exist beyond the changing political landscape. They all frame the German-American friendship in terms of human connections that every one of us has the power to shape and take ownership of in our daily lives.

AmCham Germany is committed to instilling the next generation of decision-makers with a passion and an appreciation for what is still the world's most important economic and political partnership. The Berlin Airlift Contest is just one of the many ways we're doing this.

For impressions of the evening please check our Event Gallery

Thank you for your interest in AmCham Germany's Berlin Airlift Contest. Applications closed on September 30, 2018, and the winners were honored during the Transatlantic Evening in Berlin on November 8, 2018.

Thank you to everyone who participated, supported, shared, or liked our contest about the future of transatlantic relations and the German-American partnership.

The contest winners were honored during the Transatlantic Evening in Berlin on November 8, 2018.
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Tim Oswald, 17, Weisenheim am Sand
Short story "America Gives Me Wings"

The first place winner received two Delta Air Lines certificates, each redeemable for a return flight (economy class) from Europe to North America, giving him the opportunity to put his ideas about transatlantic relations into practice – and bring along a friend or family member! Flights can be booked on Delta Air Lines or their partners Air France and KLM, allowing maximum flexibility.  Reservations and ticketing will be handled by Delta.  Once issued, the certificates are valid for one year. Additional terms and conditions apply. 

Read his story here

Sponsored by

Oskar Rabe, 18, Berlin
Poem "Crossing the Atlantic"

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Sponsored by

Sarah Lawton, 25, Georgetown University
Essay "More than Puzzle Pieces: My Transatlantic Story"

Our third place winner Sarah Lawton received a 250 EUR Amazon gift card. She let her creative juices flow and submitted an inspiring take on the state of transatlantic relations today. We rewarded her creativity by letting her choose from millions of items on – many of which will surely come in handy in her creative endeavors, school life, or on her travels. Additional terms and conditions apply.

Sponsored by

Richard A. Grenell arrived in Germany on May 8, 2018 and presented his credentials to President Frank-Walter Steinmeier the same day.

Grenell was a Partner with Los Angeles-based Capitol Media Partners.  He has served as a senior policy and communications advisor for public officials at the local, state, federal and international levels, as well as for a Fortune 300 ranked company.

Grenell is the longest serving U.S. spokesman and political appointee at the UN in history having served from 2001-2008.  In 2012, Grenell briefly served as Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney’s National Security and Foreign Affairs Spokesman.  His appointment made him the first openly gay spokesman for a Republican Presidential candidate.  In 2001, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as Director of Communications and Public Diplomacy for the United States Ambassador to the United Nations and advised four U.S. Ambassadors – John D. Negroponte, John C. Danforth, John R. Bolton and Zalmay Khalilzad in the eight years at the UN.  Grenell was also appointed in 2004 as an Alternate Representative to the UN Security Council with full voting rights and privileges. Full CV.

Since 11 December 2014
Governing Mayor of Berlin (2014 to 2016 Senator for Culture, since 2016 Senator for Higher Education and Research)

Since 2016
Chairman of the SPD in the federal state of Berlin

Since 1 November 2017
President of the Bundesrat

Full CV.

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Hear from the winner

Sharing transatlantic stories in times like ours, where the partnership between our countries is attacked from both sides, is crucial to the future of this partnership we hold so dear."

Tim Oswald

Winner, Berlin Airlift Contest

Berlin Airlift Contest Media Partner

Berlin Airlift Contest Partners

Berlin Airlift Contest Supporters


Contest Poster (DE)

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Contest Poster (EN)

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