Historian Saul Friedländer awarded Pulitzer Prize

The Holocaust historian Saul Friedländer has won a Pulitzer Prize. Friedländer, 75, was awarded the prestigious prize in the non-fiction category for his book The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945.

The American award is regarded as the highest national honor in print journalism, literary achievements and musical composition.

The Czech-born Friedländer survived the Holocaust and moved to Israel, eventually winning the nation’s top civilian honor, the Israel Prize, for his scholarship. He currently serves as a UCLA professor. Jewish composer David Lang, co-founder and co-artistic director of the music collective Bang on a Can, was awarded a Pulitzer in music for his composition The Little Match Girl Passion. The famed Jewish singer and songwriter Bob Dylan also received a special Pulitzer award.


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