The International Dachau Committee (CID) is the international organization of the former concentration camp Dachau. As an international non-profit organisation under Belgian law, the Statute of the CID was published in December 1958 under number 3987 in the Belgian State Gazette.
The CID represents all former prisoners, survivors and victims from the Dachau camp period between 1933 and 1945. These inmates not only from Germany but also Germany and from all the from Albania, Belgium, Belarus, Bulgaria, Denmark, El Salvador, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Cuba, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg , the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Spain, from the Czech Republic, Turkey, Ukraine, Hungary, the United States, were deported. Of course the CID represents the ex-prisoners from Egypt, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Brazil, China, Iran, Ireland, Japan, Canada and Iraq, Lebanon, Montenegro, Palestine and the ex-prisoners who now live in other countries, as in Israel.
The CID is an independent organization, the mouthpiece of the former prisoners from 37 countries, including Germany. The International Dachau Committee was founded by the inmates of the camp itself before 29 April 1945 (liberation of the Dachau concentration camp). The former camp became an official memorial in 1965, thanks to the dedication and commitment of the International Dachau Committee . The CID is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the entire camp grounds and the buildings and monuments therein. The CID pays much attention to the development of this special memorial as a place for remembrance and just as important to its mission not to let this happen again. The CID is also responsible as administrator for the former SS shooting range in Hebertshausen, where thousands of Soviet soldiers were killed in cold blood by the SS.In 1966 the CID signed a bilateral agreement with Bavaria, which regulates that the CID receives funding to make its work easier. This contract is still in force and was established in law by the "Stiftung Bayerische Gedenkstätten" . The CID is faced with the inevitable and gradual loss of former prisoners. Therefore, the CID rejuvenates its organization with younger generations in order to continue doing the work and in the future be able to continue.
In 2019, the Comité International de Dachau (CID) will again award the Stanislav Zámečník Research Award. The CID’s mission is to preserve the memory of the crimes in the Dachau concentration camp; it is an international association consisting of the organizations of former inmates of the Dachau concentration camp from 25 countries and their families. The Comité International de Dachau donates the study prize in memory of the victims of the National Socialist concentration and extermination camps, in particular in the Dachau concentration camp. The award has been given every two years since 2017; 6,000 euros are available for this.
Stanislav Zámečník (1922-2011) was a Czech survivor of the Dachau concentration camp and a historian. During his imprisonment in Dachau from 1941 to 1944 he was involved in activities of the camp’s internal resistance. After the liberation and his training as a historian, he contributed to the first exhibition of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial opened in 1965. Because of his support for the Prague Spring, he was banned from his profession after its suppression. It was not until 1989 that he was again free to work as a researcher. Zámečník published important contributions in the “Dachauer Hefte” [“Dachau Notes”]. In 2002, he published “Das war Dachau” [“That was Dachau”], a monograph that remains authoritative to day and was translated into many languages. As a member of the Scientific Advisory Board, he had a formative influence on the redesign of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site.
What is the Award given for?
The Stanislav Zámečník Research Award Prize of the Comité International de Dachau is given for outstanding scientific work (in particular Magister/Master’s theses, dissertations and habilitations) that deals with the persecution policy of the National Socialist regime and the history of the Dachau concentration camp and its subcamps. Outstanding scientific work that deals with the way in which society and (legal) policy has treated Nazi crimes since the end of the Second World War as well as work that provides impetus for commemorative and educational work is eligible for the award. Unpublished monographic work in German or English, completed no longer than two years ago at the time of the deadline for the announcement, can be submitted. Unfinished or already published work will not be considered.
Who can apply?
Researchers worldwide whose work meets the above-mentioned criteria for form and content can apply. There is no age limit.
How and until when can you apply?
The following documents must be submitted for the application:
- tabulated CV
- list of publications, if applicable
- list of relevant lectures
- summary of the research work (research question, method, content; no more than 6,000 characters including spaces)
- if available, digital copies of the supervisor’s or evaluator’s assessment of the submitted work
The deadline for submission is 30 June 2021
Who decides on the award?
The submitted works will be evaluated by an independent jury appointed by the Comité International de Dachau. The decision of the jury is incontestable, legal recourse excluded.
When is the award given?
The decision will be taken by December 2019, the award ceremony is expected to take place in spring 2020.
What else should you be aware of?
When the award-winning work is subsequently published, the Stanislav Zámečník Research Award of the Comité International de Dachau must receive special mention.