Last Call: Radomir Luza Prize 2019

The American Friends of the Documentation Center of Austrian Resistance and Center Austria: the Austrian Marshall Plan Center for European Studies of the University of New Orleans are pleased to announce this year’s Radomir Luza Prize. The prize has been awarded since 2012 for an outstanding work in the field of Austrian and/or Czecho-Slovak studies before, during and immediately after the Nazi rule in Central Europe, particularly in the fields of diplomatic history, resistance and World War II studies. Since 2017 the prize is being bestowed by the German Studies Association (GSA). This prize carries a cash award of $1,000.00 financed by the Zukunftsfonds der Republik Österreich. It seeks to encourage research in the abovementioned fields focusing on the time period of the 1930s and 1940s.

The prize is named after Radomír Luža, born 1922 in Prague, ČSR, deceased 2009 in Philadelphia, PA. Luža was a resistance fighter against Nazi dictatorship in occupied Czechoslovakia 1939-1945, US historian and author of the first comprehensive history of resistance in Austria 1938-1945. From 1967 through 1993 Radomír Luža was professor for European and German history at Tulane University. For more biographical data cf. Radomír Luža: Biography.

Eligibility for the Luza Prize 2019:

Books or dissertations which have been published (or a dissertation defended) between January 1 and December 31, 2018. Authors must be citizens or resident aliens (holders of “green cards”) of the United States or Canada. Dissertations must have been awarded by a North American University. The language of the work must be English.

To be considered for the Radomir Luza Prize competition, please send a copy of your work electronically to and The deadline for submissions (August 27) is being extended by one week to September 3, 2019. The winner will be noticed in mid-September and announced publicly at the GSA annual conference banquet on Friday, October 4, 2019, in Portland/Oregon.