Friday, January 7, 2011

Good news for a new year: Hilary Earl wins a prestigious prize

Hilary Earl's book The Nuremberg SS-Einsatzgruppen Trial, 1945-58: Atrocity, Law, and History has been awarded the prestigious Hans Rosenberg Book Prize for the best book in 2009 by the Conference Group for Central European History.

The award committee had the following things to say about her book:

Hilary Earl has written an original and masterful account of what was described at the time as "the biggest murder trial in history," the trial of two dozen leaders of the SS Einzatzgruppen at Nuremberg in 1947/48...The Nuremberg SS-Einsatzgruppen Trial, 1945-58: Atrocity, Law, and History is a deep and richly documented analysis of this neglected chapter in the history of transitional justice...[that] combines the life stories and crimes of the defendants with cogent analysis of the motivation and meaning of their actions, of trends in Holocaust historiography, and of the tensions between law and history. Earl's study is based on voluminous research in both Amercian and German archives. It is essential reading for historians of Germany, the Holocaust, and transitional justice, and an inspiring model of ethical scholarship on war crimes and their aftermath.