Ryerson History professor Tomaz Jardim wins the prestigious Wallace K. Ferguson Prize for his book, The Mauthausen Trial and American Military Justice in Germany.
June 12, 2013
On June 4, 2013, the Canadian Historical Association awarded Ryerson professor Tomaz Jardim its annual prize for the best book by a Canadian historian on a non-Canadian topic. Professor Jardim’s work, The Mauthausen Trial and American Military Justice in Germany (Harvard, 2012) was described by panel judges as “a masterful study of one of the many Dachau trials organized by the American military after the Second World War to address Nazi war crimes arising from the incarceration and murder of civilians. Thoroughly documented, systematically presented, and compelling to read, The Mauthausen Trial strikes a deft balance between exposing the intricate details of legal procedure and precedent and representing the very human motivations and reactions of prosecutors, camp survivors, and the accused. The current controversy over the constitutional validity of trial by military commission for the detainees at Guantanamo Bay only makes this book all the more timely and relevant.”
Since the release of The Mauthausen Trial last year, Professor Jardim’s study has received exceptional reviews in top-tier academic journals, including the Journal of Modern History, Central European History, Journal of American History, as well as in the New Republic and Literary Review of Canada.
Professor Jardim currently is working on a new book on the various trials of Ilse Koch, the notorious wife of the commandant of Buchenwald concentration camp. Professor Jardim hopes to present a comparative study of legal proceedings launched against Koch by the judiciaries of the Third Reich, the U.S. occupation, and the independent West German state. His study will tell the stories of these trials, while assessing their impact on post-war understandings of Nazi criminality, gender, and the German process of “coming to terms with the past.”
Dr. Jardim joined the Faculty of Arts in 2011, and teaches very popular history courses on the First and Second World Wars, as well as participates in the Arts and Contemporary Studies “Ideas that Shaped the World” series.
For more information, contact Dr. Tomaz Jardim at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (416) 979-5000, ext. 2132.