On 14 November 2008, the European Commission in Brussels awarded the Golden Star for Active European Citizenship prize to the Jewish Museum in Prague for its Neighbours Who Disappeared project. European Commissioner Ján Figel handed over the prize to a representative of the Jewish Museum in Prague, Miroslava Ludvíková, and representatives of the civic association Zapomenutí/The Forgotten Ones, Marta Vančurová and Eva Kuželova.
Awarded as part of the Europe for Citizens programme, the 2008 Golden Stars are a public acknowledgement of initiatives that may provide examples of co-operation, effective working procedures and tangible results in the area of citizen involvement. The winning projects involved the participation of citizens from 22 EU member states. Commission chair Hannu Takkula stated: “We had the opportunity to assess the quality of the projects and to select those that corresponded to the purpose of the Europe for Citizens programme and that could further be used to support similar efforts in this area,” adding that “This year, inspired by the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue, we also selected three projects that draw on experience gained in the past by previous generations and which can be used for teaching future generations, specifically in their education towards tolerance and openness.”