Prize winners


In 2022 the prize committee again awarded two prizes:

To Zachary Doleshal for his book “In the Kingdom of Shoes. Bata, Zlín, Globalization, 1894–1945” (University of Toronto Press, 2021), and

to Chad Bryant for his book “Prague: Belonging and the Modern City” (Harvard University Press, 2021).

The prizes were awarded during the Forty-Sixth Annual Conference of the German Studies Association. The laudations can be read here


Because no prize had been awarded in 2019, the prize committee awarded two prizes in 2020:

To Rachel Applebaum for her book Empire of Friends: Soviet Power and Socialist Internationalism in Cold War Czechoslovakia (Cornell University Press) and
to Abigail Weil for her Harvard dissertation Man is Indestructible: Legend and Legitimacy in the Worlds of Jaroslav Hašek (Harvard University Diss in Slavic Literature.

The prize was awarded during the (online) Fourty-Fourth Annual Conference of the German Studies Association by Marc Landry, Associate Director of the Center Austria, New Orleans:


David W. Gerlach for his book The Economy of Ethnic Cleansing. The Transformation of the German-Czech Borderlands after World War II,” Cambridge University Press, 2017



Erin R. Hochman for her book Imagining Greater Germany: Republican Nationalism and the Idea of Anschluss,” Cornell University Press, 2016

Awarding Ceremony


Molly Marie Pucci for her PhD Dissertation “Security Empire: Building the Secret Police in Communist Eastern Europe, 1944-1952,” Stanford University, 2015


Sarah Cramsey for her PhD dissertation “Uncertain Citizenship: Jewish Belonging to the ‘Ethnic Revolution’ in Poland and Czechoslovakia, 1938-1948,” University of California, Berkeley (2014)


Dr. Leslie Marie Waters for her PhD dissertation “Resurrecting the Nation: Felvidék and the Hungarian Territorial Revisionist Project, 1938-1945,” University of California Los Angeles (UCLA 2012)



Ilana Offenberger (Worcester, Massachusetts) for her PhD dissertation “The Nazification of Vienna and the Response of the Viennese Jews,” (Clark University, 2011) and

Prof. Tara Zahra (University of Chicago) for her book The Lost Children: Reconstructing Europe’s Families after World War II,” (Harvard University Press, 2011).