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The Yad Vashem International Book Prize for Holocaust Research 2013

Established in 2011, this prize in memory of Abraham Meir Schwartzbaum, Holocaust Survivor, and his Family who was murdered in the Holocaust is awarded annually in recognition of high scholarly research and writing on the Holocaust. 

Only books containing new research on the Holocaust, or its antecedents and aftermath, will be considered.  Research accuracy, scholarship, methodology, originality, importance of the research topic, and literary merit are important factors. 

Books, either hardcover or original paperback, published between 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2012 are eligible for the prize. 

Five copies of the published book together with the application form, a copy of the author’s Curriculum Vitae, and two letters of recommendation should be sent to the International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem.  Entries must be received by 1 June 2012.  Entries will not be returned. 

In addition to the monetary prize, the recipients will be asked to present a paper at the award ceremony. 

This prize is endowed through the generosity of Sabina Schwartzbaum in memory of her father.

The Prize

  1. The prize is named in memory of Holocaust survivor Abraham Meir Schwartzbaum, and those of his family who were murdered in the Holocaust.

  2. The Yad Vashem Prize for Holocaust Research is awarded annually.  It recognizes research on the Holocaust published in the two years proceeding the year in which the prize is awarded. 

  3. The prize aims to encourage excellent and new research on the Holocaust, or its antecedents and aftermath.

  4. Research accuracy, scholarship, methodology, originality, importance of the research topic, and literary merit are important factors. 

  5. A monetary sum will be awarded to the winners.

  6. The award ceremony will take place in Israel during which the recipient will present a lecture.  Flights and hotel accommodations will be covered by the Research Institute.  

  7. A group of Holocaust historians chosen by the International Institute for Holocaust Research make up the panel of judges for the prize.  Judges, including their family members, may not enter the prize in any year in which they judge.

Submission Details
  1. The application package must include the following items:
    • Application Form, filled out in English.
      Must be emailed;
    • A copy of the author’s Curriculum Vitae (in English).
      Must be emailed;
    • Two letters of recommendation from reputable academics who are familiar with the book’s specific topic (in English). Recommendation letters must be on letterhead with signature.
      Must be emailed;
    • 500 word abstract and translation of table of contents into English for books not published either in Hebrew, English, German, or French.
      Must be emailed (if applicable);
    • Five copies of the book need to be mailed, postage prepaid, to the Institute. Entries must be postmarked by or on 1 June 2013   
    ** Israelis must submit their application forms and their resumes in both Hebrew and English. **
  2. Books, either in hardcopy or original paperback, published between 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2012 are eligible.
  3. Books submitted must be in the original published language.  Translations are not eligible.    
  4. New translations and reissues of previously published books are not eligible.
  5. Anthologies or works containing articles written by multiple authors are not eligible.
  6. Entries must be received by 1 June 2013.

The application form, CV, and recommendation letters must be emailed to eliot.nidam @yadvashem.org.il

The copies of the book must be mailed to:
Eliot Nidam Orvieto
Yad Vashem
The International Institute for Holocaust Research
P.O. Box 3477 (Mount of Remembrance)
Jerusalem 9103401
Israel

For questions or concerns, please contact the office of the International Institute for Holocaust Research at 972-2-644-3480 or eliot.nidam@yadvashem.org.il.

Yad Vashem

Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, is located on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem, Israel, and was established in 1953 by an act of the Knesset – the Israeli parliament – in order to enshrine and preserve the memory of the six million Jews annihilated by Nazi Germany, and the thousands of flourishing Jewish communities destroyed in the process.  Apart from its role as a commemorative institution, Yad Vashem is recognized as an academic center that specializes in education, research, and documentation. 

The International Institute for Holocaust Research

Research and publications on the Shoah have always been high priorities of Yad Vashem since its official founding by the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament) in 1953.  Due to the increase of international interest in the Shoah, the desire to encourage and support worldwide scholarly research on the Shoah and related topics, Yad Vashem established the International Institute for Holocaust Research in 1993.  The Institute is active in the development and coordination of International research; the planning and undertaking of scholarly projects; the organization of symposia, conferences, and seminars; the fostering of cooperative projects among research institutions; financial and academic support for scholars and students of the Shoah; offering MA, PhD and postdoctoral fellowships; and publishing academic research, documentation, conference anthologies, diaries, memoirs, and albums about the Shoah.

Entry form