Published 04/15/15

Book of the Year Award honors Bryant's work on Holocaust

Eyewitness to Genocide cover Associate Professor of History and Social Sciences Michael Bryant, Ph.D., J.D., has been honored with the 2014 U.S. National Section of L’Association Internationale de Droit Penal (AIDP) Book of the Year award for Eyewitness to Genocide: The Operation Reinhard Death Camp Trials 1955-1966.

“This is really meaningful to me because it was unanimously conferred by colleagues and peers,” he says. “To have not only myself, but Bryant University recognized by this organization is a real special honor.”

Eyewitness to Genocide focuses on the trials of guards and officers at concentration camps during the Holocaust. Bryant examines whether compromised jurists engineered acquittals or lenient punishments for proven killers. Drawing on rarely studied archival sources, Bryant concludes that the trial judges acted in good faith within the bounds of West German law.

Eyewitness to Genocide, which was also recently nominated for the 55th Annual Book Award presented by Scribes, The American Society of Legal Writers, is the second book Bryant has published about the Holocaust. Bryant’s 2005 book, Confronting the “Good Death”: Nazi Euthanasia on Trial, won the Eugene M. Kayden University Press of Colorado Book Award.

Bryant has held fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the German Exchange Service (DAAD), the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Recognition of Bryant’s latest achievement was noted at the AIDP International Congress in Rio De Janeiro and the annual AIDP headquarters meeting in Paris. Bryant will receive the award and present a lecture based on his book at Creighton University in Omaha, NE, where he serves as an adjunct professor of law.