2023 Franz Steiner Prize awarded to Maximilian Klose

June 7, 2023

On June 3, 2023, GHI Washington Deputy Director Axel Jansen together with Katharina Stüdemann of the Steiner Verlag awarded the biannual Franz Steiner Prize in Transatlantic History at the Annual Meeting of the German Assocation for American Studies (GAAS) in Rostock. The Steiner Prize is awarded by the GHI Washington and the Steiner Verlag for an outstanding work in transatlantic and North American history.

This year's winner is Maximilian Klose (FU Berlin) for his dissertation manuscript "Why They Gave: CARE, the US Public, and Humanitarian Engagement for Germany after World War II." In his study, Maximilian Klose does exactly what the title says: He focuses on carefully selected cases to explain why women’s clubs, New York intellectuals, and members of labor unions decided to give money to CARE so that the organization would send relief packages to individuals in Germany. Klose’s work shows how, in the context of an emerging consumer nation, Americans developed specific modes of transatlantic humanitarianism. The manuscript will be published in one of the GHI's flagship book series, the Transatlantic Historical Studies (THS). The GHI congratulates Maximilian Klose, the winner of the 2023 Steiner Prize.

(left to right) Axel Jansen (GHI Washington), Maximilian Klose, and Katharina Stüdemann (Steiner Verlag)