- About the Comité International de Dachau (CID)

- Thesis Award of the Comité International de Dachau


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About the Comité International de Dachau (CID)

The International Dachau Committee (CID) is the international organization of the former concentration camp Dachau. As an international non-profit organisation under Belgian law, the Statute of the CID was published in December 1958 under number 3987 in the Belgian State Gazette.

The CID represents all former prisoners, survivors and victims from the Dachau camp period between 1933 and 1945. These inmates not only from Germany but also Germany and from all the from Albania, Belgium, Belarus, Bulgaria, Denmark, El Salvador, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Cuba, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg , the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Spain, from the Czech Republic, Turkey, Ukraine, Hungary, the United States, were deported. Of course the CID represents the ex-prisoners from Egypt, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Brazil, China, Iran, Ireland, Japan, Canada and Iraq, Lebanon, Montenegro, Palestine and the ex-prisoners who now live in other countries, as in Israel.

The CID is an independent organization, the mouthpiece of the former prisoners from 37 countries, including Germany. The International Dachau Committee was founded by the inmates of the camp itself before 29 April 1945 (liberation of the Dachau concentration camp). The former camp became an official memorial in 1965, thanks to the dedication and commitment of the International Dachau Committee . The CID is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the entire camp grounds and the buildings and monuments therein. The CID pays much attention to the development of this special memorial as a place for remembrance and just as important to its mission not to let this happen again. The CID is also responsible as administrator for the former SS shooting range in Hebertshausen, where thousands of Russians were killed in cold blood by the SS.

In 1966 the CID signed a bilateral agreement  with Bavaria, which regulates that the CID receives funding to make its work easier. This contract is still in force and was established in law by the "Stiftung Bayerische Gedenkstätten" . The CID is faced with the inevitable and gradual loss of former prisoners. Therefore, the CID rejuvenates its organization with younger generations in order to continue doing the work and in the future be able to continue.

Thesis Award of the Comité International de Dachau

The Comité International de Dachau (CID), the international association of the survivors of the concentration camp Dachau, which represents former prisoners from 37 countries, has established a Thesis Award. The Comité is funding the award in memory of the victims of the national-socialist concentration and extermination camps, in particular the concentration camp Dachau. The prize of 6000 Euro will be awarded in 2017 for the first time.

What kind of thesis can be submitted?

The Thesis Award of the Comité International de Dachau will be awarded to exceptional academic work (Magister/Master Theses, PhD Theses and Habilitations/Postdoctoral Qualifications) that deal with the national-socialist regime’s politics of persecution and the history of the concentration camp Dachau as well as its subcamps. The award will also be given to exceptional academic work that engages with the way that national-socialist crimes have been handled by society and (right-wing) populism since the end of the Second World War as well as work that provides impetus for work at commemorative sites and educational work. Unpublished monographic theses in German or English language, whose completion date is less than two years before the deadline of this call for submissions. Work that has not been completed or has already been published will not be considered.

Who can apply?

Researchers from any country can apply, provided that their work meets the above-mentioned thematic and formal criteria. There are no age limits for this application.

How and until when can one apply?
Your application by mail must include the following documents:
Tabled curriculum vitae;
List of publications (if applicable);
List of relevant presentations or talks (if applicable);
Copies of the thesis to be submitted to the panel (printed on one side, hardcover, line spacing 1.5)
Summary of the thesis (research question, method, content; up to 6,000 characters including spaces);
Copies of the academic reviews of the submitted thesis (if available).

Who decides on the award?

Submitted theses that meet the thematic and formal criteria will be reviewed by an independent panel appointed by the Comité International de Dachau. The decision of the panel cannot be appealed and is not subject to legal recourse.

When will the award the given?
The Thesis Award of the Comité International de Dachau will awarded annually, beginning with 2017. The first award will be December 2017.

What else should be kept in mind?
The subsequent publication of the award-winning thesis must include and highlight a reference to the Thesis Award of the Comité International de Dachau.

The deadline for submissions ends on June 30th 2017 (date of postmark).


Applications for the Thesis Award should be sent to the following address:

Sécrétaire General de Comité International de Dachau (CID)
Lichtaartseweg 202
B2200 Herentals

Contact us  about our Thesis Award through this email form.

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