Book on Hohenzollern Nazi connection awarded

A jury chose “The Hohenzollerns and the Nazis. History of a Collaboration” on Monday in Berlin from among the eight nominated books for the 25.000 prize endowed with euros.

Malinowski wrote an “excellently researched and brilliantly told book about the role of the Hohenzollern since 1918 written”, was the reason given. The book combines social and political contemporary history with a family portrait and is at the same time a milieu study of conservative and right-wing hostility to the republic.

“Malinowski gives a convincing answer to the Hohenzollern restitution demands and at the same time defends academic freedom against resistance.”

Malinowski described his volume as a “contribution to the cultural history of the right in the 000. Century’. He also sees his study as a book “about a group of people who, on the basis of moderate performance, make excessive demands on the state”. When the volume was presented, Malinowski said: “Three generations in this family tried to destroy the republic and support National Socialism with the politically relevant actors, from beginning to end.”

Negotiations on the return of art objects

Between the federal government with the states of Berlin and Brandenburg on the one hand and the Hohenzollerns since 2014 negotiated the return of art objects and compensation. The state of Brandenburg rejects compensation on the basis of the unification agreement. The Hohenzollerns are complaining about this. It’s about 1.2 million euros. According to the law, there is no compensation for anyone who “provided considerable support” for the Nazi system.

In contrast to numerous historians, Georg Friedrich Prince of Prussia, as chief negotiator for the Hohenzollerns, denies that his ancestors provided support for the National Socialists. He relies on other assessments. There are numerous legal disputes between Hohenzollerns and historians, media houses and other organizations. Malinowski, who also expressly thanked his lawyer at the award ceremony, was already affected by this.

The award from the Book Culture and Reading Promotion Foundation of the German Book Trade Association was awarded for the second time. 130 books from 130 publishers were registered.

Relevance of the topic, narrative power, presentation, language and quality of the research were evaluated. The nominees were 2500 Euro Bettina Baltschev (“On the Edge of Happiness. Over the Beach”), Alice Bota (“The Women of Belarus. Of Revolution, Courage and the Urge for Freedom”), Stefan Creuzberger (“The German-Russian Century. Story of a Special Relationship”), Samira El Ouassil & Friedemann Karig (“Narrative Monkeys. Myths, Lies, Utopias – How Stories Determine Our Lives”), Ludwig Huber (“The Rational Animal. A cognitive-biological search for traces”), Steffen Mau (“Sorting machines. The reinvention of the border in the 21. Century”) and Natan Sznaider (“Vanishing points of memory. About the present of the Holocaust and colonialism”).

Minister of State for Culture Claudia Roth (Greens) described art and culture as the voice of democracy. The non-fiction prize came at a time when violence was being used with propaganda and disinformation. Literature and non-fiction books are necessary in order to be able to get involved as democrats and contribute to debates. (dpa)

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