Parliament Gives Prize to a Member of the School of Business and Economics


This week, the Parliament of the German-Speaking Community in Belgium (DG) announced that Peter M. Quadflieg is to be given this year's prize. Peter M. Quadflieg is an academic staff member of the Chair of Economic and Social History at RWTH Aachen University: Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte der RWTH.

The prize is being awarded for Peter M. Quadflieg's book "'Zwangssoldaten‘ und ‚Ons Jongen‘. Eupen-Malmedy und Luxemburg als Rekrutierungsgebiet der deutschen Wehrmacht im Zweiten Weltkrieg“ (translation: 'Zwangssoldaten' and 'Ons Jongen'. Eupen-Malmedy [Belgium] and Luxembourg as Recruiting Grounds for the German Wehrmacht in World War II), which was published by Shaker Verlag Aachen in 2008. With the aid of about 680 personal records, the author sheds light on the history of those Wehrmacht soldiers who had been conscripted from these two geographical areas. He details the social structures of these two groups, examining the conduct of young men caught up in their own personal conflict of loyalties between "conforming" and "resisting".

A jury composed of academic experts and members of the Parliament chose to award this year's prize of 2,000 Euros to Peter M. Quadflieg. The prize will be personally awarded to him in a ceremony in Eupen's Parliament at the beginning of next year.