History alumnus Auke Kok wins Nico Scheepmaker Prize

Auke Kok in DWDD (VARA)
Auke Kok in DWDD (VARA)

Auke Kok, graduate of the History department, has received the Nico Scheepmaker Beker, a prize for the best book on sports. He received the prize in the television show De Wereld Draait Door. In his book 1936. Wij gingen naar Berlijn ('1936. We went to Berlin') Kok writes about the Dutch athletes who participated in that year's historically charged Olympics. 

Kok's book is 'a welcome description of the historical Olympics in Germany during Hitler's regime, seen from a Dutch perspective,' according to the jury. The Nico Scheepmaker Beker was awarded for the thirteenth time this year. Kok is the first writer to win this prize two times, as he also received the award in 2005. The book 1936. Wij gingen naar Berlijn is published by De Bezige Bij.

About Auke Kok

Auke Kok graduated in 1983 as a historian at Erasmus University Rotterdam. After his studies, he interned at the journal Haagse Post. He became a writing editor, then an editor at business magazine Quote and returned in 1989 to Haagse Post to start a section on economics.

A year later, Kok became the head of the economics section at the magazine HP/De TijdLater on, he became the chief editor. In 2000 he started working at the radio journal of NOS, the Netherlands' largest news broadcasting company. In 2004, Kok became an independent journalist and author.