Ian Kershaw and Timothy Snyder appointed for “Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding 2012”


At an award ceremony at Leipziger Gewandhaus, taking place on 14 March 2012 during Leipzig Book Fair 2012Ian Kershaw and Timothy Snyder will be honoured with the Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding 2012. The British historian and author Ian Kershaw is best know for his extensive and profound biography on Adolf Hitler and for his “The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1944-45” published last year. In the latter Kershaw finds some answers to the question why The Third Reich did not surrender in the face of an overall defeat and not until Germany had been left in ruins.

The American author and historian Timothy Snyder teaches history at Yale University and is a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna, which is also a project partner of ERSTE Foundation.  Snyder wrote several books about European history in the 20th century, including a biography on Wilhelm von Habsburg, “The Red Prince. The Fall of a Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Europe” (2009) and the most recent “Bloodlands. Europe between Hitler and Stalin” (2010), a study of industrialised mass murder committed by the Nazi and Stalinist during the mid-20th Century – the ultimate tragedy of modern European history.

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