Georg-Büchner-Preis

Established by the then People's State of Hesse to recognise poets, artists, actors and singers, the »Georg-Büchner-Preis« was first awarded on 11 August 1923 in the state capital, Darmstadt.
Since 1951 the »Büchner-Preis« has been awarded by the German Academy for Language and Literature. It is granted to authors »writing in the German language whose work is considered especially meritorious and who have made a significant contribution to contemporary German cultural life.« (Academy charter)
The »Georg-Büchner-Preis« is awarded annually during the autumn conference of the German Academy in Darmstadt. The prize comes with a €50,000 award.

Awardees

Wolfgang Hildesheimer

Wolfgang Hildesheimer

Writer and Painter
Born 9/12/1916
Deceased 21/8/1991
Member since 1957

Georg-Büchner-Preis 1966
Laudatory Address by Walter Jens
Acceptance Speech by Wolfgang Hildesheimer
Diploma

... für die kritische Besorgnis, die sich in seinem mit überlegener schriftstellerischer Kunst geschaffenen dramatischen und epischen Werk darstellt.

Jury members
Juryvorsitz: Gerhard Storz
Peter Benz (Stadt Darmstadt), Friedrich Bischoff, Richard Gerlach, Rudolf Hagelstange, Karl Krolow, Wilhelm Lehmann, Fritz Martini, Otto Rombach, Horst Rüdiger, Dolf Sternberger, W. E. Süskind, Herr Wöckener (Hessisches Kultusministerium)