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1974 National Jewish Book Awards
of the Jewish Book Council
Following is the substance of the presentation of the National
Jewish Book Awards on May
1974, at the Park Avenue
Synagogue, New York City.
The Charles and Bertie G. Schwartz Award for Jewish juvenile
books has been established in memory of the late Charles Schwartz
who was a distinguished attorney and communal worker and in
honor of our colleague, Mrs. Bertie G. Schwartz, who unquestion­
ably has done more for Jewish books than any woman in the
country. Among her numerous interests is the Charles and Bertie
G. Schwartz Reading Room and Library that Mrs. Schwartz
sponsors at the American Jewish Congress House.
The judges for the juvenile award were Lloyd Alexander who
won the National Book Award for a juvenile book three years
ago; Mrs. Deborah Brodie, a consultant and reviewer for the
Child Study Association; and Deborah Pessin, author of numerous
children’s books. They were unanimous in their selection of
Yuri Suhl for his book,
Uncle Misha’s Partisans,
published by
Four Winds Press.
Yuri Suhl is a man of many talents: a novelist, poet, teacher,
and sculptor. He is a bilingual writer having produced four
volumes of Yiddish poetry and two adult novels, a documentary
anthology entitled
They Fought Back: The Story of Jewish
Resistance in Nazi Europe
as well as two children’s books. He
has recently completed another novel for young adults on the
Holocaust theme which will be published next year.
One of our judges, Deborah Brodie, in recommending
Misha’s Partisans
for the award, wrote: “Although there are many
excellent books on the Holocaust for young readers—in fact a
whole literature—
Uncle Misha’s Partisans
has several outstanding
characteristics. The maturing of Motele, his search for a sense of
identity and importance put this book in the category of uni­
versal appeal. The factual basis of this story provides important