Scone Foundation, In Collaboration With The Hannah Arendt Center At Bard College, Honors Albert Knoll Of The Dachau Archives As Archivist Of The YearANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Scone Foundation will honor Dachau archivist Albert Knoll with the 10th annual Archivist of the Year Award. This award recognizes an archivist who has made a contribution to his or her profession or who has provided support to scholars conducting research in history and biography. The special event takes place in Manhattan on Monday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m., at the Bard Graduate Center at 18 West 86th Street, New York, in conjunction with the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College.
The introduction will be given by Nikolaus Wachsmann, professor of modern European history at Birkbeck College, University of London. Wachsmann is the author of the acclaimed new book KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps.
Honoree Knoll was born in 1958 and has served the mission of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site since 1997. In addition to maintaining and expanding its archival work and databases, he has been instrumental in assisting relatives of former inmates as well as guiding researchers, scholars, and authors around the world—including guest speaker Nikolaus Wachsmann. Knoll has written articles on illegal photos, homosexual prisoners, contemporary Nazi press coverage of Dachau, and contributed to the International Tracing Service’s first scholarly yearbook. He has also organized international workshops on the gathering of data on all categories of National Socialist victims.
Past honorees of the Scone Foundation Award include Conrad Crane (director of the U.S. Army Military History Institute at Carlisle Barracks), Dr. Saad Eskander (Baghdad National Archives), Nancy Dupree (director of the Afghanistan Center at Kabul University), and Dr. Yehoshua Freundlich (director of the Israel State Archives), in a joint award with Khader Salameh (director of the Al-Aqsa Mosque). Past speakers at this annual awards event include Robert A. Caro, Lord Briggs (Asa Briggs), Robert Skidelsky, and Richard Reeves.
The Scone Foundation has recently entered into a collaborative agreement with the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College to sponsor the Archivist of the Year Award, this year and in the future. The Hannah Arendt Center is the world’s most expansive home for bold and risky humanities thinking about our political world inspired by the spirit of Hannah Arendt, the leading thinker of politics and active citizenship in the modern era.
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ABOUT THE SCONE FOUNDATION
Scone Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by Stanley Cohen. The Foundation administers an “Archivist of the Year” award. In its award process, the Scone Foundation has both a broad definition of “archivist” as well as wide-ranging reasons for selecting recipients. These have ranged from resisting censorship to preserving historical memory, and fostering national identity.
ABOUT THE HANNAH ARENDT CENTER
The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College is an expansive home for thinking in the spirit of Hannah Arendt. The Arendt Center’s double mission is, first, to sponsor and support the highest quality scholarship on Hannah Arendt and her work; and, second, to be an intellectual incubator for engaged humanities thinking at Bard College and beyond, thinking that elevates and deepens the public argument that is the bedrock of our democracy.
The Arendt Center cares for and makes available the Hannah Arendt Library, with nearly 5000 books from Hannah Arendt’s personal library, many with marginalia and notes. The Arendt Center oversees projects including The Courage to Be, Hate and the Human Condition, and The American Jewish Peace Archive.
At Bard, the Arendt Center sponsors short courses on Hannah Arendt and the themes for our conferences and sponsors numerous lectures and events for students, faculty, and members. Above all, the Arendt Center promotes thinking that challenges common sense assumptions and gives depth to public understandings. The effort is to provide an intellectual space for thinking that can reframe the questions that form the center of our democracy.
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