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pogrom, for a day when all will learn that ‘The God of mercy
is the same God, no matter where we find Him.’ ”
Sulamith Ish-Kishor, author of
A Boy of Old Prague,
was born
in London and came to New York as a young girl where she
attended Hunter College. Her writings appeared in some of the
leading American publications and she has been a frequent con­
tributor to English-Jewish periodicals. She has made significant
contributions to American Jewish juvenile literature among
which are the following full length books:
The Bible Story
(1921);
Heaven on the Sea
(1924);
Children's History of Israel
(1932);
Jews to Remember
(1941);
American Promise: A History
of the Jews in America.
She is now working on a script for a
motion picture dealing with Israel and the Arabs. Miss Ish-
Kishor wrote, “It seems that all my work, without conscious
motivation on my part, develops into a plea for mutual under­
standing and brotherhood between disputing races or religions.
Therefore, I say that this has been the main theme of my pro­
fessional life.”
Aaron Glanz-Leyeless
The Harry and Florence Kovner Memorial Award for Yiddish
Poetry was presented to Aaron Glanz-Leyeless.
“Amerike un Ich
is a fine contribution to Yiddish poetry, and in view of its theme
and substance, to American poetry too, even though—perhaps
because—its language is Yiddish,” maintains Dr. Israel Knox in
In
Jewish Bookland.
“It is a collection of poems whose common theme is America,
including a long magnificently sustained poem of over a thou­
sand lines from which the volume derives its title and which is
autobiographical and yet a hymn to and of America. It depicts
the journey, geographical and spiritual, from Lodz, Poland, to
New York, America, where Aaron Glanz-Leyeless spent by far
the greater portion of his life, and it is of course a journey in
time as well as in space. Without relinquishing or even attenu­
ating his memories of Lodz with its Jewish heritage of many
centuries, without diminishing his reverence for and devotion
to the language and culture of this wonderful, vanished East-
European civilization he proclaims, ‘sing out,’ his love and
gratitude to the land where he and millions of his sisters and
brothers have found a haven and a home, the right to share in
the shaping of its destiny and to taste the sweetness of its
freedom.”
Aaron Glanz-Leyeless, at the age of 75, is one of the pre­
eminent figures in contemporary Yiddish poetry. During his long
career he has authored 16 volumes of poetry, drama and essays.