The Wiener Library

For the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide

Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History

The Fraenkel Prize, founded by the late Ernst Fraenkel OBE, is awarded for an outstanding work of twentieth-century history in one of The Wiener Library's fields of interest, including:

The History of Europe
Jewish History
The Two World Wars
Comparative Genocide
Political Extremism

Two distinct awards will be made.  

Category A

For a completed but unpublished book, not based on a PhD thesis or equivalent

$6,000 prize money

Category B

For a completed, revised or unrevised but unpublished PhD thesis or equivalent

Please note that MA and MPhil theses will not be admissible

$4,000 prize money

Works submitted are normally expected to be a monograph written by a single author. The work must be written in English, French or German. English translations of books previously published in another language will not be eligible and book manuscripts submitted in previous years may not be resubmitted in any following year. The panel reserves the right not to consider any work that falls outside the specified subject areas or fails to meet entry requirements.

The Prize will be judged by the Library's Academic Advisory Board.

How to Enter

To enter the 2015 Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History, you must submit the following:

  • Two non-returnable copies of the entry: one in manuscript printed double sided and bound, and one in electronic format (CD-ROM or file attachment as a PDF or MS Word document);
  • A short curriculum vitae both in hard copy and as an electronic file;
  • Please state clearly which Category the manuscript is to be entered for. 

Please send your submission to:

The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide
29 Russell Square
London WC1B 5DP

To submit the electronic copies by email or if you have any question regarding your submission, please emailed Neta Lavee.

Deadline for Entry 

All entries must reach our office by 5.30pm on Thursday, 30 April 2015.

Winners of the Fraenkel Prize 2014

The Wiener Library is pleased to announce that the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History for 2014 has been awarded as follows:

Category A 

Jointly awarded to:

Dr Maren Roeger , Deutsches Historisches Institut Warschau, Poland: Sexualpolitik und Besatzeralltag in Polen 1939-1945: Prostitution, Intimität, Gewalt 

Dr Miriam Zadoff , Indiana University, Bloomington, USA: Der Rote Hiob: Das Leben des Werner Scholem 

The panel commended the following entry:

Prof Nikolaus Wachsmann, Birkbeck, University of London, UK: KL: A History of Nazi Concentration Camps


Category B 

Dr David Motadel, Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge, UK: Islam and Germany’s War, 1941-1945

The panel commended the following entry:

Dr Thomas Brodie, Hertford College, University of Oxford, UK: For Christ and Germany: German Catholicism and the Second World War