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image thesis award CIDStanislav Zámečník Research Award of the Comité International de Dachau

The Comité International de Dachau (CID) will again award the Stanislav Zámečník Study Prize in 2021. The CID's mission is to preserve the memory of the crimes committed in the Dachau concentration camp; it is an international association and consists of the organisations of former Dachau concentration camp inmates from 25 countries and their families. The Comité International de Dachau endows the study prize in memory of the victims of the National Socialist concentration and extermination camps, especially Dachau concentration camp. The prize has been awarded every two years since 2017; 6,000 euros are available for it.

Stanislav Zámečník (1922-2011) was a Czech survivor of Dachau concentration camp and historian. During his imprisonment in Dachau from 1941 to 1944, he was involved in activities of the camp's internal resistance. After liberation and his training as a historian, he worked on the first exhibition of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial, which opened in 1965. After the suppression of the Prague Spring, he was banned from his profession for supporting it. It was not until 1989 that he was able to work unhindered as a scientist again. Zámečník published important articles in the "Dachauer Heften". In 2002, his monograph "Das war Dachau" (That was Dachau), which is still authoritative today, was published; it is a standard work and has been translated into many languages. As a member of the scientific advisory board, he exerted a formative influence on the redesign of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial.

What is the prize awarded for?

The Stanislav Zámečník Study Prize of the Comité International de Dachau is awarded to outstanding academic works (especially master's theses, dissertations and post-doctoral theses) that deal with the persecution policies of the National Socialist regime and the history of the Dachau concentration camp and its subcamps. Outstanding academic works that deal with the social and (legal) political treatment of Nazi crimes since the end of the Second World War and those that provide impulses for memorial and educational work are also eligible for the award. Unpublished monographic works in German or English can be submitted, the completion of which does not date back more than two years at the time of the deadline of the call for entries. Work that has not been completed or has already been published will not be considered.


Who can apply?

Applications are open to researchers from all over the world whose work meets the above-mentioned criteria in terms of content and form. There is no age limit.


How and by when can I apply?

The following documents must be submitted electronically for the application:

- Curriculum vitae in tabular form;

- publication list, if applicable;

- list of relevant presentations;

- the digital version of the thesis;

- a summary of the thesis, providing information on the research question, method and main contents (maximum 6,000 characters including spaces);

- if available, copies of the scientific reviews of the submitted work (as PDF files).

The deadline for submission is 15 November 2021; please send large files via WeTransfer. Please send applications for the Stanislav Zámečník Study Award to:

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Who decides on the award?

The submitted works will be reviewed by an independent jury appointed by the Comité International de Dachau. The jury's decision is final and there is no right of appeal.


When will the prize be awarded?

The decision will be made in early 2022, the award ceremony is expected to take place in spring 2022.


What else should be noted?

The Stanislav Zámečník Study Prize of the Comité International de Dachau must be mentioned prominently in the subsequently published award-winning work.



Sécrétaire General de Comité International de Dachau (CID).

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