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of the Zionist Archives and Library; Dr. Raphael Patai, editor
of the
Encyclopedia of Zionism and Israel,
and Dr. Howard M.
Sachar, professor of history at the George Washington University.
The judges were unanimous in selecting for the award Pro­
fessor Arnold Krammer for his book
The Forgotten Friendship:
Israel and the Soviet Bloc, 1947-53,
published by the University
of Illinois Press. An associate professor of history at Texas A 8c M
University, Dr. Krammer received his graduate degrees at the
University of Vienna, Austria, and the University of Wisconsin
where he obtained a Ph.D. in Soviet foreign policy. He has
taught at the University of Wisconsin and Rockford College in
Illinois, and while his teaching field is Soviet foreign policy, his
specialization concerns Russian relations with Israel. He has
published a number of articles which have appeared in scholarly
publications. He is currently preparing a history of the British
Palestine Police.
The Forgotten Friendship
concerns Israel’s relations with the
Soviet Union from 1947 when Stalin suddenly broke a three-
decade tradition of support to the Arab world to help establish
the State of Israel to 1953 when that support ended with the
severance of relations leading to the Czech-Egyptian Arms Agree­
ment. The book is based on three years’ research in Israel and
Czechoslovakia and on interviews with the surviving participants.
It has been acclaimed by many critical reviewers.
The Frank and Ethel S. Cohen award for a book on Jewish
thought is presented annually by the Esco Foundation as a
memorial to the late Frank Cohen and in honor of Mrs. Ethel S.
Cohen. Mrs. Cohen, an outstanding communal leader and a
past vice-president of the Jewish Book Council, recently cele­
brated her 80th birthday and we take this opportunity of wish­
ing her many more years of creative endeavor in Jewish com­
munal service.
The judges for the Jewish thought award were Dr. Marvin
Fox, professor of philosophy at Brandeis University; Dr. Sidney
Morgenbesser, professor of philosophy at Columbia University,
and myself, professor of education and Jewish religious thought
at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. The