Jewish Journal

L.A. Holocaust historian Saul Friedlander splits $1 million prize

by Ryan Torok

February 20, 2014 | 5:54 pm


UPDATE [Feb. 21, 11 a.m.]: The Dan David Prize will be presented to Friedlander during a ceremony at Tel Aviv University on May 18.

UCLA Holocaust historian Saul Friedlander has been named one of the winners of the 2014 Dan David Prize. He splits a $1 million award with Polish writer and activist Krzysztof Czyzewsk and French historian Pierre Nora.

“Prof. Friedlander is credited with initiating a sustained debate over the proper interpretation of Nazi history and the extent to which the Holocaust and the history of the Third Reich should be considered exceptional,” a statement by American Friends of Tel Aviv University - Tel Aviv University provides a headquarters for the Dan David - said.

The award recognizes the three winners' contributions to the sphere of “History and Memory.”

As previously reported, Friedlander, the inaugural holder of the “1939” Club Chair in Holocaust Studies at UCLA, was awarded the MacArthur “genius” award in 1999, and his book “The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945,” the second of two volumes on the Nazi persecution and extermination of European Jewry, was recognized with a Pulitzer Prize in 2008.

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