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lated from Swedish); and Sally Watson’s
Other Sandals
(Holt,
Rinehart and Winston, 1966) about kibbutz and city life in modern
Israel.
Translations on the list were news. In addition to the Swedish
book mentioned above, there was a book translated from Dutch,
The Stone ofPeace
by Feder-Tal (Abelard-Schuman, 1961). A sec­
ond title, translated from the Hebrew,
My Holidays: Holiday Stories
for Children
(published in Israel by N. Tversky, 1961), was by Levin
Kipnis, the father of Israeli children’s literature. There were five
books of history and historical fiction. Some titles, such as Pamela
Melnikoffs
The Star and the Sword
(Valentine, Mitchell, 1965) and
Josephine Kamm’s
Return to Freedom
(Abelhard-Schuman, 1962)
about the Jews of England in medieval times, accurately described
a period in Jewish history for which there was little else available.
Alfred Apsler’s
The Court Factor: The Story ofSamson Wertheimer
(a
Covenant book, JPS/Farrar, 1964) told of a phenomenon that still
plays an important role in the welfare of Jews—the “court Jew.”
One of the best books on historical fiction ever written for children
was published in the sixties—Shulamith Ish-Kishor’s
A Boy of Old
Prague
(Pantheon, 1968). This was followed by her unforgettable
Our Eddie
(Pantheon, 1969). The best book that Sadie Rose Weil-
erstein ever wrote, the imaginative, literary, non-didactic story for
Passover,
Ten and a Kid
(Doubleday, 1961), beautifully illustrated
by Jamina Domanska, was published in the sixties. The sixties saw
also Betty Schechter’s
The Dreyfus Affair
(Houghton, Mifflin,
1965), an award-winner that set this decade’s standards for a histo­
ry book ofJewish interest, and Sydney Taylor’s
A Papa Like Every­
one Else
(Follet, 1966) about a Jewish family who wait in their
Czechoslovakian village until Papa can have them join him in
America—which was to spawn a cottage industry of similar stories.
All told, 14 books about the Holocaust were published during
this decade, plus two—Arieh L. Eliav’s true-life
Voyage ofthe Ulua
(Sabra, 1969) and James Forman’s fictional
My Enemy
,
My Brother
(Meredith, 1969) that bridged the Holocaust and Israel themes.
Again, the first books on the Holocaust were several novels writ­
ten, primarily, by non-Jews.5Three stories were tributes to Danes