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SCHWARTZ /
1976
NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARDS
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not nostalgia, nor even lamentation, though it should be that
too. It is an account of piety. But it is also historic memory and
a summons to Jewish hope, courage and creativity. In the post-
Auschwitz world, to bring such a task to a consummation is
itself an affirmation of such hope and courage.”
H ARRY AND FLORENCE KOVNER M EMOR IAL AW A R D
This year the Harry and Florence Kovner Memorial Award is
being presented for a volume of Yiddish poetry. The judges for
this award were S. Apter, secretary of the Yiddish Pen Club;
Hyman B. Bass, executive director of the Congress for Jewish
Culture, and Dr. Israel Knox, visiting professor of Jewish litera­
ture and thought at Queens College.
For this award the judges selected Mordechai Husid of Montreal
for his Yiddish collection of poems entitled
A Shotn Trogt Main
Kroin
(A Shadow Bears My Crown). Born in Bessarabia, Mr.
Husid’s odyssey led him to Vienna, Finland and Sweden where
he was the cultural director for the refugees who were brought
there by the JDC. Since 1950 he has been living in Montreal,
where he has taught at the Teachers Seminary and the Yiddish
Folk Schools. He has been a prolific writer of stories and poems
in Hebrew and in Yiddish since his youth. His writings have
been published in many periodicals and he is also the author of
three books. The title of Mr. Husid’s lyric volume for which he
is receiving the award is symbolic. Dr. Sol Liptzin, in reviewing
his book, said: “A shadow of melancholy hovers about the crown
of the poet and accompanies him down the years. There is no
real joy in him and no abysmal despair, merely sadness. The
stirring events of our generation are not mirrored directly but
echoes of them infiltrate his vision and depress his mood. His
free verses are rhythmic reflections on emotions experienced
earlier and then incorporated in images that hark back to biblical
illusions, old world memories and vivid dreams. His style dis­
plays unusual sophistication and his verses are often eminently
singable even though they eschew traditional stanzaic form.”
MORR IS J. KAPLUN M EMOR IAL AW A R D
The annual award for a book on Israel is presented by the
Morris J. Kaplun Memorial Foundation. The late Mr. Kaplun,