Dr. Bradley Nichols, who recently earned his Ph.D. in History at UTK, has just been awarded the Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize for 2017, by the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C. This major award (established in 1997) recognizes the best dissertation in German history (recent previous winners were from Stanford, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill). Bradley’s dissertation was entitled “The Hunt for Lost Blood: Nazi Germanization Policy in Occupied Europe”, and revealed the inner dynamics of Nazi racial policy and practices towards those foreign nationals they suspected of being carriers of Germanic ancestry, since forgotten. Driven by the determination to absorb these people into an expanded Third Reich, Nazi Germanization authorities moved along a brutal and paradoxical trajectory of attempted assimilation, increasing suspicion and frustration, and extreme violence and murder. Dr. Nichols is currently visiting assistant professor at Virginia Tech.