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1 9 7 5 NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARDS
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by Ktav.
The Holocaust ,
for which she is receiving the award,
has been described by Libby Klaperman in a review in
Jewish
Bookland
as “the answer to many an educator’s prayer and a
wonderful handbook for students of Jewish history. With honesty
and objectivity she describes in simple terms the historical back­
ground of Hitler’s growth and development, the organization of
the Jewish community, the role of the Judenraat, and, finally,
the mass murder of the Jews. The volume’s subtitle ‘a history of
courage and resistance,’ gives the thrust and direction it takes:
how the Jews coped and counter-attacked. . . . Bea Stadtler has
done a service to us all. Her book is not too simple even for
adults who want to acquire a quick, general view of the lament­
able period in our people’s history.”
WILL IAM AND JANICE EPSTEIN AWARD
The annual award for fiction is being presented in the name
of William and Janice Epstein. Mr. Epstein is a member of the
Executive Board of the Jewish Book Council and president of
Bookazine, one of the largest book wholesalers in the country,
and publisher of
Judaica Book News,
an excellent source for
information on current Judaica.
The judges for the award were Dr. Charles Angoff, professor
of literature at Fairleigh Dickinson University; Dr. Theodore
L. Gross, associate dean of humanities at the City College of
New York, and Hugh Nissenson, author of
In the Reign of
Peace
and other writings.
The judges have selected for the award Jean Karsavina for her
novel
Whi te Eagle, Dark Skies,
published by Charles Scribner’s
Sons. Ms. Karsavina was born in Warsaw and has lived in France
and Russia. She came to the United States where she was edu­
cated at Smith and Barnard. A prolific writer and editor, she
has contributed to many periodicals ranging from the
New
Yorker
to
True Story
as well as to medical journals. She has
written original librettos and plays for the theater.
Whi te Eagle, Dark Skies
is a beautiful novel of Poland under
the tsars. Drawing extensively on her family background, the
central character of the novel is modeled on her father. The
story begins in 1890 when Poland was seething with rebellion
under the cruel tsarist rule. The author traces the life of the