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1996 Book Awards
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Next Year inJerusalem: 3,000 Years ofJewish Stories
, retold by
Howard Schwartz, Viking
Today, Jerusalem is a flourishing city where the ancient and modem
exist side-by-side—King David’s tomb is not far from King David Street,
and modern-day Israelis go about their daily lives speaking the ancient
Hebrew tongue. In
Next Year in Jerusalem
, two accomplished talents
evoke the spirit of the city where history and legend meet. Howard
Schwartz, renowned folklorist and storyteller, has gathered folk-tales and
legends about the City of Gold that have been generated throughout the
centuries. Neil Waldman’s lush watercolor illustrations celebrate the city
in which everything is holy, even the dust at one’s feet. The Jewish Book
Council applauds Schwartz and Waldman for their stunning achieve­
ment.
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u t o b i o g r a p h y
/ M
e m o i r
The Sandra Brand and Arik Weintraub Award.
Fragments
, by Binjamin Wilkomirski. Schocken Books.
Just three or four years old when he was separated from his family and
sent to Majdanek death camp, Binjamin Wilkomirski is not certain of his
name, doesn’t know his birth date, and has only fragmented memories of
life before the concentration camps. In his book
Fragments
, Wilkomirski
gives us a child’s view of life and death in the camps, without the context
and perspective an adult would have. He writes starkly, too, of the time
after the war when he is half-rescued, half-kidknapped, and eventually
adopted in Switzerland. “At once horrifying in its details and beautiful in
its simple, elegant prose, this Holocaust survivor’s narrative is a small
master-piece . . . Wilkomirski’s voice is brave and lyrical, and his memoir
is a piercing window into the past,” said
Kirkus Reviews
in its starred re­
view of the book.