UNO Professsor awarded Harvard University Press book prize


In addition to Dr. Waitman Wade Beorn’s impressive resume of being a Louis and Frances Blumkin professor of Holocaust and genocide studies, executive director of the Sam and Frances Fried Holocaust and Genocide Education Fund Board and assistant professor of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, he can now add a Harvard Book award to his accomplishments.
Beorn achieved top honors from the Harvard University Press for his book “Marching into Darkness: The Wehrmacht and the Holocaust in Belarus.” The official award Beorn received was the Thomas J. Wilson Memorial Prize– a prize given out each year to an author’s first book that is judged as outstanding in content, style and mode of presentation.
“Marching into Darkness” takes a closer look into how regular German soldiers were involved and encouraged Nazi war crimes. It explores the myth that the German army had no part in the atrocities the Nazis committed. Using archives, testimonies and eyewitness accounts, Beorn was able to disprove this myth.
When not writing award-winning books, Beorn teaches History of the Holocaust, Comparative Genocide, Modern German History and World Civilization 1650- Present.