Grossman wins German prize for reconciliation work

In acceptance speech, Israeli author says peace will allow Israelis experience something unheard of — "the feeling of a stable existence."

October 10, 2010 17:50
David Grossman accepts his peace prize, Sunday

David Grossman 311 AP. (photo credit: Associated Press)


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BERLIN — Germany's book publishers' association said Sunday that it had awarded Israeli author David Grossman its 2010 Peace Prize in honor of his support for reconciliation between Israel and the Palestinians.

German news agency DAPD quoted Grossman as saying Sunday upon receiving the prize that only peace will provide Israel with a homeland and a future.

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Grossman stressed that peace would finally allow Israelis to experience something unheard of for them — "the feeling of a stable existence."

Grossman's son was killed by a Hizbullah missile in 2006.

The author received the $35,000 prize during the annual Frankfurt Book Fair.

Past winners include Orhan Pamuk, Susan Sontag, Amos Oz, Vaclav Havel and Mario Vargas Llosa — who also received the Nobel Prize in literature this week.

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