|Dr. Avihu Ronen presenting a lecture on his book about the way in which|
the Shoah was perceived in Israel's first few decades
The judges noted that: “Of all the books that were presented to the Book Prize Committee this year, two books were especially notable. Condemned to Life by Dr. Avihu Ronen weaves together meticulous research regarding different chapters of the Holocaust, with a thorough and sensitive account of the way in which the Holocaust was viewed during Israel's first few decades. Through a critical examination of both of these two central aspects, the author, a respected historian and son of Chajka Klinger, an activist and leader of the underground in Bedzin, Poland, seamlessly combines them together without compromising either. The book offers a rare blend of logic and emotion, humanity and power - a combination that sweeps the reader with it from the very first page and makes the book suitable for both researchers and the general public alike.”
|Dorit Novak, Director General of Yad Vashem and Professor Dan Michman,|
Head of the International Institute for Holocaust Research and Incumbent
of the John Najmann Chair of Holocaust Studies attended the event
|Sabina Schwarzbaum, daughter of the late Abraham Meir Schwarzbaum |
upon whom the International Book Prize is named after, spoke about her
father and his dedication to Holocaust commemoration
The finalists this year were Alon Confino, Foundational Pasts: The Holocaust as Historical Understanding, Laura Jokusch, Collect and Record, Jewish Holocaust Documentation in Early Postwar Europe and Joanna Tokarska-Bakir, Okrzyki pogromowe. Szkice z antropologii historycznej Polski lat 1939-1946.
The members of the Yad Vashem Book Prize Committee for the year 2013 were: Committee Chairman Prof. Dan Michman, Yad Vashem and Bar-Ilan University, Israel; Prof. Sam Kassow, Trinity College, USA; Dr. Iael Nidam-Orvieto, Yad Vashem, Israel; Prof. Dina Porat, Yad Vashem and Tel Aviv University, Israel; Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate, Israel; Dr. David Silberklang, Yad Vashem, Israel; Prof. Dr. Sybille Steinbacher, University of Vienna, Austria.