Historian receives German Non-Fiction Prize
An ‘excellently researched and brilliantly narrated’ book by an Edinburgh historian has won the German Non-Fiction Prize 2022.
Dr Stephan Malinowski’s study of the contribution made by the Hohenzollern dynasty to the rise of the National Socialists combines social and political contemporary history with a family portrait.
The seven jury members chose The Hohenzollerns and the Nazis: History of a Collaboration, having viewed 244 titles from 130 publishers that have been published since May 2021.
The Prize is presented by the Foundation for Book Culture and the Promotion of Reading to honour outstanding non-fiction books written in German that inspire social debate.
Criteria for the award are relevancy, narrative quality, presentation of topic; clarity of language, accessibility of material and quality of research.
The prize, worth a total of 42,500 euros, aims to promote awareness of non-fiction as a basis for transmitting knowledge, developing informed opinions and encouraging public discourse.
In its statement of rationale for its decision, the jury writes, “Stephan Malinowski has written an excellently researched and brilliantly told book about the role of the House of Hohenzollern since 1918.
“The book is a brilliant study of a conservative and right wing milieu and its hostility to the Republic. It stands out for its stringent argumentation and commanding knowledge of its sources.”