Prix de la Fondation Auschwitz awarded to Tom Vanassche




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Tom Vanassche, research assistant of Prof. Dr. Stephan Braese at the Department of European-Jewish Literary and Cultural History, receives the Prix de la Fondation Auschwitz 2020-2021 for his dissertation "Ruptured Affections. The Pathos of Anti-Pathos in Shoah Literature and Historiography" the Prix de la Fondation Auschwitz 2020-2021. The study was defended in 2021 at the Faculty of Philology of the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. It examines the literary and historiographical texts of W. G. Sebald, Dieter Schlesak, Ruth Klüger, and Raul Hilberg in terms of their rhetorical and narratological strategies for articulating emotionality. 


Prix de la Fondation Auschwitz 2020-2021

Tom Vanassche will receive the award on October 27 at Brussels City Hall from the hands of Henri Goldberg, Chairman of the Foundation and Shoah survivor, in the presence of Martin Kotthaus, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to Belgium, the Ambassadors of the French Republic and the Republic of Italy, and other dignitaries from politics and academia.

The Fondation Auschwitz was founded in 1980 by Belgian survivors of the Shoah to educate adolescent youth about the ultimate consequences of racism, anti-Semitism, and state discrimination. For nearly thirty years, the Foundation has organized study tours to Auschwitz and the other Nazi death camps, as well as to the former centers of Jewish life and culture in Poland that were destroyed by the Nazis.

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