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Last modified: Monday, December 8, 2008

Indiana University Press books honored by American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies

Dec. 8, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Press announced that two of its titles recently were honored by the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.

Who Will Write Our History?

Cover for the award-winning book, Who Will Write Our History?

Who Will Write Our History? Emanuel Ringelblum, the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Oyneg Shabes Archive, by Samuel D. Kassow, was named winner of the 2008 AAASS/Orbis Books Prize for Polish Studies. From the Cult of Waste to the Trash Heap of History: The Politics of Waste in Socialist and Postsocialist Hungary, by Zsuzsa Gille, was awarded an honorable mention for the inaugural AAASS Davis Center Prize in Political and Social Sciences.

The AAASS/Orbis Books Prize -- sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Kulczycki, owners of the Orbis Books Ltd. of London -- is awarded annually for the best book in any discipline, on any aspect of Polish affairs. The AAASS Davis Center Prize, established in 2008 and sponsored by the Kathryn W. and Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, will be awarded annually for an outstanding monograph published on Russia, Eurasia or Eastern Europe in anthropology, political science, sociology, or geography in the previous calendar year.

Who Will Write Our History? tells the gripping story of Emanuel Ringelblum and his determination to use historical scholarship and the surreptitious preservation of Jewish documents to resist Nazi oppression. More information about the book is available online at

In From the Cult of Waste to the Trash Heap of History, Gille combines social history, cultural analysis, and environmental sociology to advance a long overdue social theory of waste in this study of waste management, Hungarian state socialism, and post-Cold War capitalism. More information is available at

The AAASS was founded for the purpose of publishing the American Slavic and East European Review, and in 1960 became a membership organization. The association represents American scholarship in the post-Soviet/East Central European field nationally and internationally. Its representatives serve on such bodies as the U.S. State Department's Advisory Committee for Studies of Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the former Soviet Union and the International Council for Central and East European Studies. The Association is also a constituent society of the American Council of Learned Societies.