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Jewish rhythms are impeccable, revealing her own keen ear for
dialogue and detail.” Another critic wrote in his review: “Witty,
urban and Jewish—how many of the best American fiction writers
of the last two decades does that describe? Well, that whole
crowd will have to make some room for Johanna Kaplan.”
The award for a book of Jewish history is being presented by
Bernard H. Marks, who has been active in Jewish education
and in Zionist circles and for many years was associated with
the Hebrew Publishing Company. He is a devoted member of
the Jewish Book Council Executive Board.
The judges for this award were Dr. Irving A. Agus, professor
of Jewish history, Yeshiva University; Dr. Martin A. Cohen,
professor of Jewish history, Hebrew Union College-Jewish In­
stitute of Religion, and Dr. Isaiah Friedman, professor of history
at Dropsie University.
The judges were unanimous in recommending for the award
Dr. Raphael Patai and his daughter, Dr. Jennifer Patai Wing,
the co-authors of
The Myth of the Jewish Race
(Charles Scrib­
ner’s Sons). Dr. Patai is known as an anthropologist, historian
and educator. He was awarded the first Ph.D. degree of the
Hebrew University in 1936 and later was ordained at the
Budapest Rabbinical Seminary. He has served as professor of
anthropology at Dropsie College and at Fairleigh Dickinson
University, and for many years was editor of the Herzl Press.
He published several hundred articles and more than two
dozen books including some basic works on Jewish history. His
daughter, Mrs. Wing, received her Ph.D. from the University
o f Michigan. She has written for a number of scientific publica­
tions and is now pursuing studies for an M.D. degree at the
University of Arizona College of Medicine. She has also served
as a visiting lecturer at Yale University.
An unusual book on a subject that has been neglected for
many decades,
The Myth of the Jewish Race
traces the idea of
the existence of racists through history and the varying historical
views of the Jews as a race or as a composite of several “ racial
types.” The authors examine the various genetic strains that
have gone into making the Jewish people today, describing in