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WINNERS OF THE 1970 LITERARY AWARDS OF
THE JEWISH BOOK COUNCIL OF AMERICA
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Following is the substance of the presentation of literary awards
by Dr. Nadich at annual meeting of the Jewish Book Council of
America on May 16, 1971, at the Park Avenue Synagogue, New
York City.
Charles and Bertie G. Schwartz Award
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the Charles and Bertie G. Schwartz Juvenile Award
was established in memory of the late Charles Schwartz and in
honor of our distinguished colleague, Mrs. Bertie Schwartz. This
year Mrs. Schwartz established the Charles and Bertie G. Schwartz
Reading Room at the American Jewish Congress House which is
a unique institution on the American Jewish scene. The judges for
the juvenile award are well-known educators and authors of chil-
dren’s books: Lloyd Alexander, Leona J. Daniels, Deborah Pes-
sin and Sylvia Rothchild.
From the 1970 crop of Jewish juvenile books, the judges selected
for the award
Journey to America
written by Sonia Levitin and
published by Atheneum. Mrs. Levitin, the wife of an attorney and
mother of two children, was bom in Berlin and educated in this
country. She is now a teacher of creative writing and has contrib-
uted articles and stories to such magazines as
Scholastic, California
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and
Parents Magazine.
Founder and past president of the
Moraga Historical Society, Mrs. Levitin was a board member of
Temple Isaiah of Lafayette, California, and also on its sisterhood
board.
Journey to America
is her first book, with the second to be
published this year. The journey of a family described by Mrs.
Levitin in her book begins in Nazi Germany in 1938. The account
presents real people with whom young readers can readily identify.
The harsh realities they face in leaving friends and family to face
uncertainty in a strange land are tempered by qualities of courage
and love, warmth and humor. The book was a selection of the
Junior Literary Guild in May 1970.
Leon Jolson Award
The Leon Jolson Award for a book on the Nazi Holocaust is
presented annually by Mr. Jolson, himself a survivor of the War-
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