Israeli historian Saul Friedländer was awarded the German Booksellers Association’s 2007 Peace Prize at the Frankfurt Book Fair on Sunday, Oct. 14, for his work on documenting the Holocaust.

In awarding Friedländer its top prize, the association said the historian had given “a voice to the grievances and cries of those human beings who were turned to dust — he gave them memory and a name.”

Friedländer, a Jewish historian of the Holocaust, read from the letters of family members who died at the hands of the Nazis before 1,000 guests at the award ceremony, which marked the high point of the Frankfurt Book Fair on Sunday.