About the Prize

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 have conducted the search for the Radomir Luza Prize for an outstanding work in the field of Austrian and/or Czechoslovak World War II studies since 2012. The prize is named after the first distinguished historian of the Austrian anti-Nazi resistance, Radomír Luža (1922–2009). The 2019 annual meeting of the Association changed these requirements: From 2020 the prize will be awarded for an outstanding work in the field of Austrian and/or Czechoslovak history in the 20th century.

This prize carries a cash award of $1,000.00 financed by the Zukunftsfonds der Republik Österreich (the Future Fund of the Republic of Austria). It seeks to encourage research in the above mentioned fields focusing on the time period of the 1930s and 1940s.
Since 2017 the prize is being bestowed by the German Studies Association (GSA); the awarding ceremony is part of the Friday Evening Banquet during the annual GSA conferences.

To be eligible for the Radomir Luza Prize competition, the book or dissertation must have been published (or a dissertation defended) between January 1 and December 31 of the year prior to the announcement. 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.

The deadline for submissions for the 2020 Radomir Luza Prize is August 15. The winner will be notified before August 31. Details of the awarding ceremony and the name of the winner will be announced on this website 1-2 weeks prior to the next convention of the German Studies Association. In 2020 this is the Forty-Fourth Annual Conference. This year’s GSA conference had been planned to be held in Washington, D.C., Oct. 1-4, but, due to the Covid19 restrictions, will be organized as an online convention.

To be considered for the Radomir Luza Prize competition, please send a copy of your work electronically to: gjbischo@uno.edu and winfried.garscha@doew.at. Please add a carbon copy to the secretary-treasurer of the American Friends, Michael Bryant: mbryant@bryant.edu.