Wolf Gruner’s Resisters selected for National Jewish Book Award


The Jewish Book Council has named Resisters: How Ordinary Jews Fought Persecution in Hitler’s Germany, authored by Center Founding Director, Professor of History, and Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies Wolf Gruner, a finalist for the Holocaust Award. The book was awarded this distinction from over 650 submissions the council reviewed.

Resisters is the culmination of over 12 years of research to illuminate the many courageous acts of individual Jewish resistance in Nazi Germany and challenge notions of Jewish passivity during the Holocaust. Written for a general audience, the book draws upon Gruner’s research on numerous archives in Germany, Austria, Israel, and the United States, including the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive. Yale University Press published the volume in August 2023. Read more about the book here.

The Jewish Book Council announced the finalists and winners for the 73rd National Jewish Book Awards in January. Inaugurated in 1950, the awards are one of the Jewish Book Council’s longest-running programs. These prestigious awards are intended to recognize authors, encourage reading of outstanding English-language books of Jewish interest, and celebrate outstanding works of Jewish literature. The full name of the category in which Resisters was recognized is the Holocaust Award in Memory of Ernest W. Michel.

Read the full Jewish Book Council announcement here.