Dr. h. c. mult. Sybill Storz had the pleasure of receiving a visit from the president of the French charity L’Etoile Européene du Dévouement Civil et Militaire (EEDCM), Ms. Anh Dao Traxel, and her delegation. In France, Anh Dao Traxel is particularly well known for her exceptional life story, which is marked by the Vietnam war in the 1970s and by her later life in France as the adopted daughter of the former President Jacques Chirac. Anh Dao Traxel is also highly respected throughout Europe for her exemplary commitment to social causes and for her organization EEDCM's comprehensive aid for the needy.
The visit celebrated Franco-German friendship, emphasizing the commonalities that have been shared by the two countries for decades as well as their shared commitment to help the weakest and neediest members of society.
In recognition of Sybill Storz's strong commitment to social causes, which has been expressed, among other things, by a recent donation to Ms. Traxel's organization, the EEDCM committee decided to award Dr. h.c.mult. Sybill Storz the European Medal in gold, the Médaille Européenne.
In his laudation prior to the presentation of the award, Emmanuel Traxel, EEDCM's speaker, called Sybill Storz "a European citizen and an example of success, altruism, perseverance, and humanitarianism."
Dr. Sybill Storz cordially thanked Anh Dao Traxel for this recognition, which has only been awarded to five other German citizens. She said that receiving this award from Anh Dao Traxel was a particular honor. "My charitable efforts are a matter of course to me. I am happy to use the means available to me for the common good. You can be sure that this will continue to be the case," stated Dr. Sybill Storz in her acceptance speech.
The visitors then gained some interesting insights into the KARL STORZ product range and work processes. Anh Dao Traxel, her husband Emmanuel Traxel, and the EEDCM treasurer, General Guy Robin, were deeply impressed by the opportunities KARL STORZ products present in medicine and in industrial endoscopy. In the guided tour through Production, Anh Dao Traxel was fascinated by the craftsmanship of the KARL STORZ Production staff, which produced precision mechanical instruments and endoscopes with great care and high precision.
The organization: L’Etoile Européene du Dévouement Civil et Militaire (EEDCM)
The organization EEDCM is a French-based charitable, non-partisan organization that assists individuals in need and honors those who do exemplary voluntary work for the common good.
For more than 10 years, EEDCM has focused on assisting the aged, orphans who lost one parent in the line of duty (e.g., police officers, members of the military, firefighters, etc.) as well as seriously ill or physically disabled children. The organization also supports medical research. EEDCM is funded by membership dues and donations.
EEDCM aims to assist those in need and to motivate people to work together for the good of others.The EEDCM president, Anh Dao Traxel, describes her motivation as follows: „Nos objectifs: Aider ceux dont la peine et la souffrance font partie du quotidien. Honorer les personnes physiques ou morales qui font preuve d’exemplarité dans leur vie quotidienne et professionnelle et qui viennent en aide à leurs semblables.“ (Our goals: To help those for whom pain and suffering are part of everyday life. To honor those people and institutions who act in an exemplary manner in everyday and professional life and who help their fellow human beings.)
The person: Anh Dao Traxel
At age 21, Anh Dao Traxel arrived as a Vietnamese refugee in France in 1979. At the Roissy airport, she met Jacques Chirac, who was the mayor of Paris at the time. The Chirac family took in Anh Dao Traxel, and she lived with them for two years. She is commonly referred to as the adoptive daughter of the former President Chirac although, being an adult, she was not officially adopted.
Having experienced war and the suffering in refugee camps in Vietnam, she wants to use her charitable work to pass on part of the support she received in France. With her honorary position as President of L’Etoile Européene du Dévouement Civil et Militaire, Anh Dao Traxel intends to spread hope.