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1979 NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARDS
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HARRY AND FLORENCE KOVNER
MEMORIAL AWARD FOR POETRY
The award this year was for a book of Yiddish poetry. The
judges for this award were Hyman B. Bass, executive director,
Congress for Jewish Culture, Chaim Grade, author and winner of
two National Jewish Book Awards, and Dr. Joseph C. Landis,
professor of English, Queens College.
The judges unanimously selected Moishe Steingart for his
book,
In Droisen Fun der Veit,
published by Shulsinger Brothers.
The poems describe man as standing over against nature, and as
an outsider in a world that is outside of him.
Mr. Steingart’s poems have appeared in most of the leading
literary Yiddish publications since 1932. He was also co-editor of
the quarterly
Veiter.
He is currently working on his third volume
of poetry.
LEON J OLSON AWARD
The judges for this award for a book on the Holocaust were
Saul Goodman, executive director, Sholem Aleichem Folk Insti­
tute, Dr. David G. Roskies, assistant professor ofJewish literature,
Jewish Theological Seminary, and Ernest L. Weiss, editor,
Judaica Book News.
The judge chose for this award Michael Selzer for his book
Deliverance Day: The Last Hours at Dachau,
published by J. B.
Lippincott. From interviews with former inmates and American
soldiers who were there, the author has recreated the hour-by-
hour drama of the liberation. Michael Selzer has served as profes­
sor of political science at Brooklyn College, and is the author of
scholarly works.