The Geschwister-Scholl-Preis is a literary prize which is awarded annually by the Bavarian chapter of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association (Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels - Landesverband Bayern e. V.) and the city of Munich. Every year, a book is honoured, which "shows intellectual independence and supports civil freedom, moral, intellectual and aesthetic courage and that gives an important impulse to the present awareness of responsibility".[1]

The prize is named in memory and honor of Sophie and Hans Scholl, who are collectively referred to as the Geschwister Scholl ("Scholl siblings"). It is endowed with 10,000 euros and is presented at a ceremony at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich.

Prize Winners


  1. ^ "Geschwister-Scholl-Preis". German Publishers and Booksellers Association (in German). n.d. Retrieved 26 March 2019. ...das von geistiger Unabhängigkeit zeugt und geeignet ist, bürgerliche Freiheit, moralischen, intellektuellen und ästhetischen Mut zu fördern und dem gegenwärtigen Verantwortungsbewusstsein wichtige Impulse zu geben
  2. ^ "PREISTRÄGER 2017: Hisham Matar". (in German). Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels – Landesverband Bayern e.V. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  3. ^ "PREISTRÄGERIN 2016: GARANCE LE CAISNE". (in German). Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels – Landesverband Bayern e.V. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  4. ^ "PREISTRÄGER 2015: ACHILLE MBEMBE". (in German). Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels – Landesverband Bayern e.V. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Preisträger 2014: Glenn Greenwald" [Award recipient 2014: Glenn Greenwald]. (in German). Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels – Landesverband Bayern e.V. n.d. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  6. ^ "PREISTRÄGER 2013: OTTO DOV KULKA". (in German). Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels – Landesverband Bayern e.V. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  7. ^ "PREISTRÄGER 2012: JÜRGEN DEHMERS (ANDREAS HUCKELE)". (in German). Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels – Landesverband Bayern e.V. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  8. ^ "PREISTRÄGER 2011: LIAO YIWU". (in German). Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels – Landesverband Bayern e.V. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  9. ^ "PREISTRÄGER 2010: JOACHIM GAUCK". (in German). Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels – Landesverband Bayern e.V. Retrieved 26 March 2019.

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Gene Burns Memorial Award for Freedom of Speech

CPJ International Press Freedom Awards

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Freedom of Speech Award of the Roosevelt Foundation's Four Freedoms Award

Freedom of Speech Award, International Association of Press Clubs (IAPC)

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International Press Freedom Award, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE)

International Press Institute World Press Freedom Heroes

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Media Institute Freedom of Speech Award

National RTI Awards, Public Cause Research Foundation (India)

Norwegian Academy of Literature and Freedom of Expression

Eli M. Oboler Award, American Library Association, for best published work in intellectual freedom

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UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

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William J. Brennan Award, Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression

William J. Brennan, Jr., Award, Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey

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World Association of Newspapers' Golden Pen of Freedom Award

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Muzzle Awards, by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Freedom of Expression

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