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1992 National Jewish Book Awards
AUTOB IOGRAPHY
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MEMO IR
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Mostly Morgenthaus: A Family History,
by Henry Morgenthau I I I
(Ticknor & Fields)
Mostly Mongenthaus
is a tale o f three patriarchs — Henry
Morgenthau Sr., Henry Mongenthau Jr., and Henry
Morgenthau III. It is more than a peculiarity American tale
about the Morgenthau family’s vitality and optimism. The book
describes their determination to embrace the new land and en­
ter fully into its aspirations and opportunities. But, also, and
more importantly, this is a tale o f the author’s concerted effort
to determine why his childhood associates and many o f his fam­
ily, cutting themselves o f f from Jewish tradition, were left in
a religious vacuum. That search to uncover the road that his
family had taken away from long-standing Jewish tradition,
makes this memoir a liberating and absorbing experience for
both writer and reader.
CH ILDREN ’S L ITERATURE
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The Man From the Other Side,
by Uri Orlev, trans. by Hillel Halkin
(Houghton Mifflin)
The Man From the Other Side
is a compelling work based on
a true story that provides an unusual view o f the Holocaust
and the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. It describes Warsaw’s negative
attitude toward Jews observed through the eyes o f 14-year old
Marek, a non-Jew, whose personal life is inextricably linked with
events surrounding the Ghetto. From smuggling goods into the
Ghetto with his stepfather, to smuggling escapees out; from
joining with young thugs from school to torment a fugitive Jew
to helping hide a young Jewish escapee who becomes a friend,
a father figure and a catalyst for change, Marek is affected by
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