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EUGENE B. BOROWITZ
1973 Literary Award Winners
of the Jewish Book Council
Fol lowing is the substance of the presentat ion of literary
awards by Dr. Borowi tz at the annual ceremony of the Jewish
Book Council of the Nat ional Jewish Welfare Board held on
May 20, 1973, at the Park Avenue Synagogue, New York Ci ty.
CHARLES AND BERT IE G. SCHWAR T Z AW A R D
T
h e
C
h a r l e s
and
B
e r t ie
G. Schwartz Award for a Jewish juve-
nile was established in memory of the late Charles Schwartz, a
distinguished attorney and communal worker, and in honor of
our colleague, Mrs. Bertie G. Schwartz, who undoubtedly has
done more for Jewish books than any other woman in the coun-
try.Among her many interests is the Charles and Bertie G.
Schwartz Reading Room and Library that Mrs. Schwartz spon-
sors at the American Jewish Congress House in New York.
The judges for the juvenile award were Lloyd Alexander who
won the National Book Award for a juvenile book two years ago;
Mrs. Deborah Brodie, a consultant and reviewer for the Child
Study Association; Dr. Morris Epstein, professor of English lit-
erature at Yeshiva University Stern College and editor of the
popular children’s periodical,
Wor ld Over;
and Deborah Pessin,
author of numerous children’s books.
The judges were unanimous in their selection of Mrs. Johanna
Reiss for her book,
The Upstairs Room ,
published by Thomas Y.
Crowell. Mrs. Reiss was born in Holland where she lived until
after World War II. Since then she resides in New York and has
been a consulting editor for
Atlas
magazine. She is the recipient
of the Newberry Award.
The Upstairs Room
was written for chil-
dren about her childhood when Mrs. Reiss and her sister were
forced to hide from the Germans. Their hiding place was with
a Gentile family in Oosterveld with whom they stayed for over
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