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1989 NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARDS
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greatness of soul is, painfully, only latent. Israeli novelist
Aharon Appelfeld sees in his mind’s eyes and portrays for his
readers the possibility of redemption and of a return of ide­
alism. Speaking in whispers, in silences, and in somber rhythms,
Appelfeld lays bare the soul of a man — and perhaps of a
people — who in his daily life is trying to recapture the thirst
for selfless devotion of formerly heroic times.
The Immortal
Bartfuss
represents a milestone in the career of a supreme artist.
HOLOCAUST
L
e o n
J
o l s o n
A
w a r d
,
presented by Dr. David Blumenfeld.
Blowback: America’s Recruitment of Nazis and Its Effects on the Cold
War,
by Christopher Simpson (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Christopher Simpson has written a major and often startling
account of America’s collaboration with Nazis after World War
II by drawing on extensive first-hand research and previously
classified material. He describes the damaging long range
“blowback” effect this clandestine relationship had on American
society and its foreign policy. While investigative in style,
Blow­
back
maintains a level of authentic scholarship, which makes it
utterly convincing and fascinating to read.
ISRAEL
M
o r r i s
J.
a n d
B
e t t y
K
a p l u n
A
w a r d
,
presented by Judith
Muffs.
Stealing Home: Israel Bound and Rebound,
by Haim Chertok (Ford-
ham University Press)
Stealing Home
is an engaging, piquant, and not-so-sentimental
journey that traces the travels of a Bronx-born, Ivy League
educated, once-upon-a-time 60’s radical Jewish academic. He
ends up teaching literature in a no-name college in rural Cal­
ifornia, and ultimately finds his spiritual and physical way back
to the Jewish tradition. Along the way, Chertok offers some
profound insights into both the American civilization he chooses
to leave and the Israeli society he seeks to embrace. While the
author finds that his new home in the Negev development town
of Yeroham ultimately provides a far more spiritually fulfilling
experience for him, Israel, too, is replete with its foibles and
fables. Chertok’s book makes an important contribution to the