UVM Holocaust Scholar Receives Prestigious German Honor
- By Lynda Majarian
Raul Hilberg of Burlington, acclaimed Holocaust scholar and professor emeritus of political science at the University of Vermont, received one of Germany's highest honors on Tuesday, April 9, in a private ceremony hosted by UVM President and Mrs. Edwin Colodny at Englesby House.
Hilberg was presented with "Das grosse Verdienstkreuz des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland," or the "Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany." The award, one of Germany's most prestigious honors, recognizes Hilberg's role as an historian and scholar of the Holocaust.
Dr. P. Christian Hauswedell, Consul General to the United States of the Federal Republic of Germany, presented the award to Hilberg on behalf of German Federal President Johannes Rau. The Consul General also donated to UVM's Center for Holocaust Studies 50 German language books, videos and other printed material on the Holocaust, German-Jewish relations, literary memoirs of German Jewish writers and texts about the rebirth of the Jewish community in contemporary Germany.
Hilberg, who taught at UVM from 1956-91 and initiated Holocaust Studies at the university, is the author of "Destruction of the European Jews," (1961) a book regarded as one of the authoritative books on the Holocaust.