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N
a d ic h
—W
inner s
of
19 6 9 L
iterary
A
wards
understand they had a difficult time in reaching a decision and
finally decided to make two joint awards.
Miss Charlie May Simon of Little Rock, Arkansas, is receiving
one of the two awards for her book
Martin Buber
:
Wisdom in Our
Time,
published by E. P. Dutton. She has written several biogra־
phies of world renowned
20
th century personalities, and her hus-
band is the late Pulitzer prize-winning poet, John Gould Fletcher.
She received the Albert Schweitzer Award for another book and
holds an honorary degree from the University of Arkansas.
The co-winner of the Charles and Bertie G. Schwartz Award is
Gerald Gottlieb for his book
The Story of Masada by Yigael
Yadin: R e to ld for Young Readers.
He has written several books
for children and was the recipient of the first Bread Loaf Writers'
Conference Fellowship in Juvenile Literature. The exciting and
dramatic story of Masada, thanks to Mr. Gottlieb, is now available
to youngsters. The book, published by Random House, is well
illustrated and does full justice to Professor Yadin’s archeological
work.
Leon Jolson Award
The Leon Jolson Award for a Book on the Nazi Holocaust is
presented annually by Mr. Jolson, a survivor of the Warsaw
Ghetto and a benefactor of The Jewish Theological Seminary of
America, a founder of the Solomon Schechter School in Queens,
and a member of the Park Avenue Synagogue. The judges were
Dr. Shlomo Noble, distinguished author and teacher; Dr. Samuel
Gringausz, formerly president of the Council of Liberated Jews in
the U. S. Zone of Germany (Landsberg) ; Miss Dina Abramowicz,
librarian of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, and Moshe
Starkman, author and literary critic.
The winner of this year’s award is Zalman Zylbercweig for his
Kedoshim Band
of the
Leksikon fun Yiddishen Teater.
This fifth
volume of what is already a standard reference work on the Yid-
dish theater is devoted to the theatrical personalities martyred
during the Nazi Holocaust. Writing since the age of 16 when his
first work was published, Mr. Zylbercweig has been associated with
the Yiddish theater in various capacities for nearly all his adult
years. After living in Israel for some time, he travelled through
many countries to collect material for his monumental work, mean-
while producing many other books. For the martyrs volume of the
lexicon, Mr. Zylbercweig has gathered a mass of documentation to
commemorate Yiddish actors, producers and authors of the East
European stage who were annihilated by the Nazis.