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ment, when she wrote the first children’s book on Soviet Jewish
immigrants—
ColdRain 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, in January 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 of the Holocaust
(Harper,
1976) for older children. In addition to the novels of rescue, set
mainly in Denmark, more memoirs and biographical fiction were
published during this decade. Books that have since become clas­
sics include: Sonia Levitin’s
WhenHitler Stole Pink Rabbit
(Coward,
1971); Marietta Moskin’s
IAm Rosemarie
(John Day, 1972); Johan­
na Reiss’s
The Upstairs Room
(Crowell, 1972); and Marilyn Sach’s
A Pocket Full ofSeeds
(Doubleday, 1973). Yuri Suhl gave children a
book based on a true story about Jews who fought back in
Uncle
Misha's Partisans
(Four Winds, 1973), and finally, Arnost Lustig
took teenagers inside the camps to witness horror and heroism in
A Prayerfor Katerina Horovitzova
(Harper, 1973). Books began to
appear that portrayed the American Jewish reaction to the Holo­
caust, especially by those who had relatives in Nazi-occupied coun­
tries. Typical examples are:
The CrystalNights
by Michelle Murray
(Seabury, 1973) and
Becky's Horse
by Winifred Madison (Four
Winds, 1975). By 1977, the first books since Robert D. Abrahams’
Roomfor a Son
(JPS, 1951) to show the havoc that anti-Semitism
could wreak on a survivor in a land of refuge began to appear: My­
ron Levoy’s
Alan and Naomi
(Harper, 1977) and Sandy Asher’s
Daughters ofthe Law
(Beaufort, 1980).
Books on Israel continued to be published, 28 from 1970-1975,
but only 6 from between 1975 and 1980.
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