Israeli historian Saul Friedlander on Sunday was awarded the top prize at the annual Frankfurt Book Fair in recognition of his narratives documenting the Nazi Holocaust.
"Saul Friedlander gave a voice to the grievances and cries of those human beings who were turned to dust - he gave them memory and a name," the German Book Trade association said in awarding Friedlander its 2007 peace prize.
"The acknowledgment of human dignity forms the basis for peace among mankind, and Saul Friedlander returned to the murdered millions the dignity of which they had been robbed," it said.
Friedlander, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, was given the US$35,500 peace prize on the final day of the annual book fair in an award ceremony at Frankfurt's St. Paul's Church.
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