Wildman Wins $10,000 Peter R. Weitz Prize

Sarah Wildman, who covers foreign politics and culture wars for Politics Daily, has won the Peter R. Weitz Prize for excellence in reporting on Europe. She won the award for a five-part series she wrote for Slate.

The German Marshall Fund of the United States has given her the award “for excellence and originality in reporting on Europe and the transatlantic relationship.”

Wildman won $10,000 prize for her investigation of the International Tracing Service, the world’s largest Holocaust archive in Bad Arolsen, Germany. Her five-piece series was published in Slate. It was called “riveting” by one judge, and records her journey to the ITS in search of information on a relative’s final year, entwining personal family history with the larger struggle to categorize, analyze, and understand Nazi records and survivor accounts.

She is reportedly working on turning the series into a book.
Wildman will receive the award in July at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the German Marshall Fund.

A jury of American journalists selected the winner: Kevin Sullivan of WaPo, Ted Diadiun of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Andrew Ross of the San Francisco Chronicle, Laura Rozen of Politico, and Dan Vergano of USA Today.