NDR culture non-fiction book award

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The NDR Kultur Sachbuchpreis has been awarded annually since 2009 for the best non-fiction book published in German . According to the founder, the award goes to "outstanding authoring achievements with which socially and scientifically relevant topics are made understandable to a general audience."

Donor and endowment

The award was sponsored by NDR Kultur , and the award was initially made in cooperation with the Göttinger Literaturherbst literature festival. In the first two years the prize was endowed with a total of 14,000 euros. The winner received 10,000 euros, the other two finalists of the award event each received 2,000 euros. Since 2011, the prize has been endowed with 15,000 euros for the winner. In addition, the Volkswagen Foundation of Opus Primum prize awarded for the best scientific publication of the junior year, he is endowed with 10,000 euros.


The jury for the NDR Kultur Sachbuchpreis is made up of: Prof. Jutta Allmendinger, President of the Berlin Science Center for Social Research (WZB) Franziska Augstein , Süddeutsche Zeitung; Joachim Knuth, NDR Radio Program Director (chair); Hendrik Brandt, Editor-in-Chief HAZ; Dr. Johann Hinrich Claussen, cultural representative of the Evangelical Church in Germany; Wilhelm Krull, Secretary General of the Volkswagen Foundation; Hilal Sezgin, Turkish-German writer and publicist; Dr. Regula Venske, President of the PEN Center Germany

Award winners


The 2009 prize winner was Jürgen Osterhammel with his book The Metamorphosis of the World. A history of the 19th century (Verlag CH Beck, Munich). The other two finalists were Philipp Blom ( The tumbling continent. Europe 1900–1914 , Hanser Verlag Munich) and Dieter Richter ( The south. History of a compass direction , Verlag Klaus Wagenbach , Berlin). A total of 361 titles from 150 publishers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland were submitted.


The first prize winners in 2010 were Roland S. Kamzelak and Ulrich Ott for the publication of Harry Graf Kessler , Das Tagebuch (Klett-Cotta publishing house). The other two finalists were John Darwin with his book The Imperial Dream. The global history of great empires (Campus Verlag) and Peter André Alt with Aesthetics of Evil (Verlag CH Beck). 804 competition entries were submitted. The award ceremony took place on October 17, 2010 in Göttingen.


In 2011, Bettina Stangneth won the non-fiction award for her book Eichmann vor Jerusalem . Robert Lorenz received the Opus Primum of the Volkswagen Foundation for his dissertation Protest der Physiker . The award ceremony took place on October 23, 2011 in Göttingen.


The award in 2012 was given to David Van Reybrouck for his book Kongo: Eine Geschichte from Suhrkamp Verlag , Berlin. The Opus Primum is dedicated to Dirk Laabs and his book Der deutsche Goldrausch. The true story of the trust from the Pantheon publishing house awarded. The award ceremony took place on November 20, 2012.


The prize in 2013 was given to Ronald Reng for his book "Spieltage - The other story of the Bundesliga" - Piper Verlag. The award ceremony took place on November 7, 2013.


In 2014 Jörn Leonhard received the award for his story of the First World War, The Pandora's Box .


In 2015 the journalist Christoph Reuter received an award for his work The Black Power - The 'Islamic State' and the Strategists of Terror . With the Opus Primum , Susanne Muhle won for order: kidnapping. Kidnapping of West Berliners and German citizens awarded by the GDR Ministry for State Security . The award ceremony took place on November 25, 2015 in Herrenhausen Palace.


The award goes to When our German was invented. Journey to the time of Luther by Bruno Preisendörfer . The award ceremony took place on November 23, 2016 in Herrenhausen Palace.


The award went to Albert Speer's contemporary history . A German career by Magnus Brechtken . The award ceremony took place on November 22, 2017 in Herrenhausen Palace.


The award goes to the study How Democracies Die. And what we can do about it by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt . The award ceremony took place on November 21, 2018 in Herrenhausen Palace.


The British author Robert Macfarlane received the award for his work Im Unterland , published by Penguin . A journey of discovery into the world underground . The award ceremony took place on November 20, 2019 in Herrenhausen Palace.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ NDR Kultur Sachbuchpreis: Die Gala 2011. NDR website, October 23, 2011, accessed on October 1, 2012.
  2. ^ Prize winners on the NDR website ( memento from November 20, 2012 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on November 13, 2012.
  3. ^ Prize winners on the NDR website , accessed on November 7, 2014.
  4. a b Christoph Reuter wins Non-Fiction Prize 2015 , ndr.de , November 13, 2015, accessed on March 27, 2016
  5. NDR Kultur Sachbuchpreis 2019 goes to Robert Macfarlane , report on Buchmarkt.de of November 14, 2019, accessed on November 20, 2019.