The 2008 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction goes to the occupant of UCLA's 1939 Club Chair in Holocaust Studies, for the second volume of his seminal history.
UCLA professor of history Saul Friedlander, whose parents died in the Nazi Holocaust, today won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction for the second volume of his seminal work "The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939–1945."
Friedlander, who holds UCLA's 1939 Club Chair in Holocaust Studies, is considered one of the world's premier historians in the field and his book the definitive work on Jews during the rise of the Third Reich.
Last year, he received the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Frankfurt Book Fair's top award.
Friedlander grew up in a French monastery in the 1940s, not knowing that his Jewish parents had perished in the Holocaust. When he was 13, a Jesuit priest told him what had happened to the Jews of Europe.
"That changed my whole life," Friedlander said in a 2001 interview. "In a way, my Jewish identity was restored."
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Published: Monday, April 07, 2008
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