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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
the Lodz Ghet to
(New York, 1962), and
Studies in the Hi s tory
of the Jews in Poland
(Buenos Aires, 1963). In addition, he has
penned numerous significant articles for Yiddish and English
scholarly journals. In
Judenrat,
Dr. Trunk deals with every
aspect of these councils and yet he does not sit in judgment on
them. It is a scholarly and well written book that is excrutiating
but necessary reading. A year ago Dr. Trunk received a National
Book Award for his work.
H A R R Y AND FLORENCE KOVNER MEMOR IAL AW A RD
The Harry and Florence Kovner Memorial Award for Poetry
is presented in memory of Harry Kovner, a Jewish poet of the
past generation, and his wife.
The judges for this award were Dr. Milton Arfa, professor of
modern Hebrew literature and Jewish philosophy at New York
University; Dr. Jacob Kabakoff, professor of Hebrew, City Uni­
versity of New York, and Dr. Eisig Silberschlag, visiting professor
of Judaic studies, University of Texas.
They have chosen for the award Reuven Ben-Yosef, author of
Me t im ve-Ohavim,
published by the Association of Hebrew
Authors of Israel and Masada. This is the second time that he
is receiving this award. Born in New York and named Robert
Reese, Ben-Yosef had no knowledge of Hebrew nor of the Jewish
tradition. As a young adult, he found his way to Israel, studied
Hebrew and has now become a recognized Israeli literary figure.
Four volumes of his Hebrew poems have already been published
in addition to a semi-autobiographical novel. During the Yom
Kippur War, he was with the first military units to launch the
counteroffensive in the southern sector of the Golan Heights
and was on front line duty for about two hundred days.
MORR IS J. KAPLUN MEMOR IAL AW A RD
The Morris J. Kaplun Memorial Foundation presents an an­
nual award for a book on Israel. Mr. Kaplun, who left Poland
after his business was ruined by the Nazis, established himself in
this country and eventually became one of the benefactors of
the Institute of Applied Mathematics and Space Physics both at
the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv University.
The judges for this award were Mrs. Sylvia Landress, director