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Karl Schlögel to Deliver Laudatory Speech Honoring Svetlana Alexievich

2013 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade: Karl Schlögel to Deliver Laudatory Speech Honoring Svetlana Alexievich


Karl Schlögel

The German historian Karl Schlögel will make the speech in honor of the Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich, who has been chosen to receive this year’s German Book Trade Peace Prize. The award ceremony will take place during the Frankfurt Book Fair on Sunday, October 13, 2013 in the Church of St Paul in Frankfurt and be broadcast at 11.00 a.m. on the German TV channel ZDF. The Peace Prize has been conferred annually since 1950 and is endowed with an award of €25,000.

Karl Schlögel, born on March 7, 1948 in Hawangen in Allgaeu, studied at the Freie Universität Berlin and in Moscow and Leningrad, and was awarded his doctorate in 1981 in Berlin. Since then, Karl Schlögel has worked as a freelance author and scholar, writing various works on the history of Eastern Europe dealing mainly with cultural history issues. He was appointed Professor for Eastern European History at the University of Konstanz in 1990. From 1994-2013 he was teaching at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt an der Oder.

For his book “Terror und Traum. Moscow 1937” (2008), he was awarded the Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding 2009. 2012 he was awarded the Franz-Werfel-Human-Rights-Prize. His new book „Grenzland Europa: Unterwegs auf einem neuen Kontinent“ will be released in September 2013