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Prague, Sept 10 (CTK) – Timothy Snyder, Professor of History at Yale University, will be presented with this year’s Dagmar and Vaclav Havel Foundation Vision 97 Prize, the foundation’s spokesman Michal Peterka told CTK Thursday.

Snyder, who specialises in the history of Central and East Europe with focus on the Holocaust, will be presented with the prize on October 5, the birth anniversary day of Havel, former Czechoslovak and Czech president.

“Professor Timothy Snyder will be decorated as a person who with his work markedly exceeds the traditional framework of historical research, which he does within the context of the Jewish issue that also fundamentally touches on the history of the Czech Republic,” Peterka said.

Snyder has a doctor’s degree from Oxford University where he acquired the Marshall scholarship. He was also active in Paris, Vienna, Warsaw and at Harvard.

He spent ten years in Europe and he speaks five and reads in ten European languages. His works have received various awards and all have been translated into many languages.

The Vision 97 prize is bestowed on thinkers who contributed to the understanding of science as an integral part of general culture, who focus on matters related to cognition, being and human existence in an unconventional way.

Last year, the award went to U.S. Professor of Anthropology Andrew Lass.

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