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who saved Jews, two translated from the Danish—Aime Sommer-
felt’s
Miriam
(Criterion, 1963) and Anne Holm’s
North toFreedom
(Harcourt, Brace & World, 1966); Jane Whitbread Levin’s
Star of
Danger
(Harcourt, Brace & World, 1966) was an American book.
The first novels of anti-Nazi Gentiles, James Forman’s
Horses of
Anger
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1967) and Martha Stile’s
Darkness
Over the Land
(Dial, 1966) were published in the sixties.
It took almost 20 years from the end of World War II before
Jews began to write extensively about the Holocaust. In 1964, the
first personal narratives and biographical fiction by Jewish authors
since Anne Frank’s
Diary
began to be published. There was the
heartrending
Young Moshe's Diary
by Moshe Flinker who died in
Auschwitz (Yad Vashem, 1965); Lore Segal’s
Other People's Houses
(Harcourt, Brace & World, 1964); Esther Hautzig’s
The Endless
Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia
(Crowell, 1968); and Sonia Levitin’s
Journey toAmerica
(Atheneum, 1970).
The sixties were the fount of what would come to be a stream in
the seventies, and a mighty river in the eighties—folktales in pic­
ture-storybook format. It started when Isaac Bashevis Singer, au­
thor of a second collection of folktales for children,
Zlateh the Goat
and Other Stories
, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, published two
more folktales in 1967—
The Fearsome Inn
(Scribner’s) and
Mazel
and Shlimazel
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Instead of these books be­
ing bound in a 5" x 7" format with a few black and white illustra­
tions, they were presented in generous picture-storybook format,
gorgeously illustrated—the first by Nonny Hogrogian and the sec­
ond by Margot Zemach. They started a trend that is stronger than
ever. During the following years, there appeared such picture-sto-
rybook gems as: Shimon Balas’s
The Shoes of Tanboury
(Sabra,
1969); Aline Glasgow’s
Pair ofShoes,
illustrated by Symeon Shimon
(Dial, 1969); Sharlya Gold’s
The Potter's Four Sons,
illustrated by
Jules Maidoff (Doubleday, 1969); and Marilyn Hirsh’s
Where is
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Fifty Years ofJewish Children's Books
5.
This theme was reworked in 1989 by Carol Matas
in Lisa's War
(Scrib­
ner’s/Macmillan, 1989), and by Lois Lowry’s prize-winning
Number the Stars
(Houghton, Mifflin, 1989)