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1987 National Jewish Book Awards
CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
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reat
J
udaica
B
ookstore
A
ward
Monday in Odessa
, by Eileen Bluestone Sherman (Jewish Publica­
tion Society)
Monday in Odessa
is the story of Marina, a personable Jewish
eighth-grader in Russia who wins her school’s storytelling contest
despite her religion. But then she is faced with a terrible
dilemma. If she proceeds to the city-wide finals and wins, her
family may never be able to leave the Soviet Union; if they apply
for visas, her chance to win will be ruined. Strongly evoking the
claustrophobic atmosphere of being Jewish in Soviet Russia, the
book sensitively portrays people struggling towards growth and
freedom.
J
udges
:
Rita Frischer,
librarian
; Dr. Cheryl S. Grossman,
Univ.
o f Missouri;
Peninnah Schram,
Stern College.
HOLOCAUST
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eon
J
olson
A
ward
The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide,
by
Robert J. Lifton (Basic Books)
The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide
is
the product of an effort that occupied Robert J. Lifton for a dec­
ade and that brought him face-to-face with German physicians
and Jewish survivors who had been at Auschwitz. In this work,
Lifton explores the psychological predispositions and adjust­
ments of the doctors in great depth. He is able to do so as an expe­
rienced, prominent psychiatrist who could conduct his interviews
with knowledge and insight. The result is a magnificent achieve­
ment.
J
udges
: Ju d ith
H.
Muffs,
Anti-Defamation League
; Dr.
Raul
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