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HOENIG /
1978
NATIONAL JEW ISH BOOK AWARDS
The judges for this award for fiction were Edward Alexander,
of the University of Washington, Lily Edelman, of the Anti-
Defamation League, and Harold U. Ribalow, himself a noted
author.
The judges unanimously chose to select Chaim Grade for his
two-volume work,
T h e Y e sh iv a , V o lum e I a n d I I ,
published by
the Bobbs-Merrill Co.
Eugene Rachlis of the Bobbs-Merrill Company was present
to accept a certificate of honor for having published a National
Jewish Book Award winner.
Chaim Grade was bom in Vilna, Poland, where he received
his rabbinical ordination at the age 21. He has lived in the
United States since 1948 and is also the author of
T h e W e l l
for which he received a National Jewish Book Award in 1966.
T h e Y e sh iv a
depicts Jewish life in Eastern Europe between
the two world wars and tells the story of Tsemach Atlas,
a member of the Musar sect who wrestles with the worldly
within himself and succeeds in founding his own yeshiva.
G E R R A R D A N D E L L A B E R M A N A W A R D
This year the National Jewish Book Award for Jewish
History was sponsored by Gerrard and Ella Berman, and Mrs.
Berman was present to make the presentation.
The judges for this award were Dr. Martin Cohen, of the
Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion, Dr. Jane
Gerber, of the Graduate Center of the City University of New
York, and Prof. Melvin I. Urofsky, of Virginia Commonwealth
University.
They unanimously chose to select Celia S. Heller, author of
O n th e E d g e o f D e s t r u c t io n ,
published by the Columbia Uni-
Versity Press.
Celia Heller was born in Poland and received her M.A. and
Ph.D. from Columbia University. She is currently the presi-
dent of the Association for the Sociological Study of Jewry
and holds the post of professor of sociology at Hunter College
and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
O n th e E d g e o f D e s t r u c t io n
is a thoughtful and well researched
study of the history of Polish Jewry between the two world wars.