Press Release

German Non-Fiction Prize 2023: Experience the award ceremony live from the Elbphilharmonie concert hall

1 June 2023 is the moment of truth: the jury will announce who will receive the German Non-Fiction Prize 2023 in the Small Hall of the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg. The award ceremony will be broadcast live from 6 pm. Cultural journalist and literary critic Katja Gasser will moderate the event. Katharina Fegebank, Hamburg’s Second Mayor and Senator for Science, and Karin Schmidt-Friderichs, director of the Börsenverein, will offer words of welcome to open the award ceremony. This is the third time that the Stiftung Buchkultur und Leseförderung des Börsenvereins des Deutschen Buchhandels (Foundation for Book Culture and the Promotion of Reading of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association) is awarding the prize to an original German-language edition of an outstanding non-fiction book that inspires social debate.

Book lovers can follow the award ceremony on various channels:

In addition to the actual award ceremony, the German Non-Fiction Prize will also be awarded in the metaverse. The winner will receive a digital certificate inscribed on a blockchain. Several of the titles shortlisted for the 2023 award are available for a limited time as special limited edition NFTs (non-fungible tokens) at Creatokia, the NFT platform of the book industry. For more information, go to:

The books shortlisted for the prize are:

  • Omri Boehm, Radikaler Universalismus. Jenseits von Identität (Propyläen, September 2022) 
  • Teresa Bücker, Alle_Zeit. Eine Frage von Macht und Freiheit (Ullstein, October 2022) 
  • Ewald Frie, Ein Hof und elf Geschwister. Der stille Abschied vom bäuerlichen Leben in Deutschland (C.H.Beck, February 2023) 
  • Judith Kohlenberger, Das Fluchtparadox. Über unseren widersprüchlichen Umgang mit Vertreibung und Vertriebenen (Kremayr & Scheriau, August 2022) 
  • Meron Mendel, Über Israel reden. Eine deutsche Debatte (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, March 2023) 
  • Hanno Sauer, Moral. Die Erfindung von Gut und Böse (Piper, March 2023) 
  • Martin Schulze Wessel, Der Fluch des Imperiums. Die Ukraine, Polen und der Irrweg in der russischen Geschichte (C.H.Beck, March 2023) 
  • Elisabeth Wellershaus, Wo die Fremde beginnt. Über Identität in der fragilen Gegenwart (C.H.Beck, January 2023) 

Short films presenting the shortlisted titles, made in cooperation with the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF, are available at:

The Deutsche Bank Stiftung (Deutsche Bank Foundation) is the main supporter of the prize, which is also backed by the city of Hamburg and the foundation ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius. Minister of State for Culture Claudia Roth is patron of the prize.

Note to representatives of the media:

We will be happy to provide you with videos about the shortlisted titles, press photos, and audio and video material from the award ceremony. Please feel free to contact us. We will gladly assist you with any questions you may have and in planning your coverage.

Frankfurt am Main, 25 May 2023


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