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fed the muses of several authors of “series” books that followed
their central characters until either the year culminating in Bar-
Bat Mitzvah, as in Carol Snyder’s
Ike and Mama
series (Coward),
or until their pre-teen years as in Miriam Chaikin’s “Molly”
books (various titles, Harper); and Mindy Warshaw Skolsky’s
“Hannah” books (Harper & Row).
Rose Blue introduced a more recent immigration as a plot
element, when she wrote the first children’s book on Soviet Jew­
ish immigrants —
Cold Rain on the Water
(McGraw-Hill, 1979),
a book whose tragic ending was replayed in real life on the
streets of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, New York, this past Jan ­
uary of 1992.
The greatest number of books published in the seventies on
any one topic were about the Holocaust. Between 1970 and
1980, 61 titles were published. Bea Stadtler wrote
The Holocaust
(Behrman, 1974) for eight to twelve year-olds and Milton
Meltzer wrote his unforgettable
Never to Forget: The Jews o f the
Holocaust
(Harper, 1976) for older children. In addition to the
novels of rescue, mainly set in Denmark, more memoirs and
biographical fiction were published during this decade. Books
that have since become classics include: Sonia Levitin’s
When
Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
(Coward, 1971); Marietta Moskin’s
I Am
Rosemarie
(John Day, 1972); Johanna Reiss’s
The Upstairs Room
(Crowell, 1972); and Marilyn Sach’s
A Pocket Full of Seeds
(Doubleday, 1973). Yuri Suhl gave children a book based on
a true story about Jews who fought back in
Uncle Misha’s Par­
tisans
(Four Winds, 1973), and finally, Arnost Lustig took teen­
agers inside the camps to witness horror and heroism in
A Prayer
fo r Katerina Horovitzova
(Harper, 1973). There began to appear
books that portrayed the American Jewish reaction to the Hol­
ocaust, especially by those who had relatives in Nazi-occupied
countries. Typical examples are:
The Crystal Nights
by Michelle
Murray (Seabury, 1973) and
Becky’s Horse
by Winifred Madison
(Four Winds, 1975). By 1977, the first books since Robert D.
Abrahams’
Room fo r a Son
(JPS, 1951) to show the havoc that
anti-Semitism could wreak on a survivor in a land of refuge
began to appear: Myron Levoy’s
Alan and Naomi
(Harper, 1977)
and Sandy Asher’s
Daughters of the Law
(Beaufort, 1980).
Books on Israel con tinued to be pub lished , 28 from
1970-1975, but only 6 from between 1975 and 1980.