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Lucy S. Dawidowicz

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Historian and author Lucy S. Dawidowicz (1915 - 1990) was a controversial figure not only because of her opinions about Jewish life and history but also because of her methodology. She was not afraid to immerse herself in the world of her people, believing her analyses could combine passion and objectivity.

Institution: American Jewish Historical Society.

Historian and author Lucy S. Dawidowicz (1915 - 1990) was a controversial figure not only because of her opinions about Jewish life and history but also because of her methodology. She was not afraid to immerse herself in the world of her people, believing her analyses could combine passion and objectivity.

Institution: American Jewish Historical Society.

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Jane Breskin Zalben

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The artist and author Jane Breskin Zalben moved Jewish holiday books into the mainstream with Beni’s First Chanukah (1988), in which a cozy family of small animals celebrates this Jewish holiday.

Institution: Rita Berman Frischer.

The artist and author Jane Breskin Zalben moved Jewish holiday books into the mainstream with Beni’s First Chanukah (1988), in which a cozy family of small animals celebrates this Jewish holiday.

Institution: Rita Berman Frischer.

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Peninnah Schram

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"In the beginning there was storytelling." So says master children's storyteller Peninnah Schram, author of Jewish Stories One Generation Tells Another and other Jewish children's favorites. She explains that "storytelling has three key elements—the story, the teller and the listener… [It] is… as an art… a craft… a shared experience…"

Institution: Rita Berman Frischer.

"In the beginning there was storytelling." So says master children's storyteller Peninnah Schram, author of Jewish Stories One Generation Tells Another and other Jewish children's favorites. She explains that "storytelling has three key elements—the story, the teller and the listener… [It] is… as an art… a craft… a shared experience…"

Institution: Rita Berman Frischer.

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Sonia Levitin

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Sonia Levitin has written several children's books on Jewish themes, including the semi-autobiographical Journey to America (1970), about her family’s escape from Berlin.

Institution: Rita Berman Frischer.

Sonia Levitin has written several children's books on Jewish themes, including the semi-autobiographical Journey to America (1970), about her family’s escape from Berlin.

Institution: Rita Berman Frischer.

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Alicia Steimberg, Buenos Aires, 1988

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Argentine novelist Alicia Steimberg at the El Molino Café, Buenos Aires, 1988.

Courtesy of Alicia Steimberg

Argentine novelist Alicia Steimberg at the El Molino Café, Buenos Aires, 1988.

Courtesy of Alicia Steimberg

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Susan Sontag, 2001

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In her essays, or "case-studies," examining art and the "modern sensibility," Susan Sontag covered topics from photography to illness to fascism. One of the most widely read cultural critics of her generation, she is pictured here on a visit to Israel to receive the 2001 Jerusalem Prize, an event which engendered much debate regarding her relationship with the Jewish community.

Institution: Jerusalem International Book Fair

In her essays, or "case-studies," examining art and the "modern sensibility," Susan Sontag covered topics from photography to illness to fascism. One of the most widely read cultural critics of her generation, she is pictured here on a visit to Israel to receive the 2001 Jerusalem Prize, an event which engendered much debate regarding her relationship with the Jewish community.

Institution: Jerusalem International Book Fair

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Tess Slesinger

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An unconventional childhood and her association with Jewish left-wing literary radicals shaped the biting satire of Tess Slesinger's novels and short stories. Her subsequent conquest of Hollywood as a screenwriter was cut short by her untimely death at age thirty-nine.

Institution: The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, OH, www.americanjewisharchives.org

An unconventional childhood and her association with Jewish left-wing literary radicals shaped the biting satire of Tess Slesinger's novels and short stories. Her subsequent conquest of Hollywood as a screenwriter was cut short by her untimely death at age thirty-nine.

Institution: The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, OH, www.americanjewisharchives.org

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Fradel Shtok

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In her brief career on the Yiddish literary scene, Fradel Shtok wrote numerous poems and short stories which probed the inner sensual lives of Jewish women.

Courtesy of Found Treasures by Frieda Forman et al. © 1994

In her brief career on the Yiddish literary scene, Fradel Shtok wrote numerous poems and short stories which probed the inner sensual lives of Jewish women.

Courtesy of Found Treasures by Frieda Forman et al. © 1994

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Havvah Shapiro

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Havvah Shapiro entered the "Garden of Eden"—the world of Hebrew learning and literature—under the tutelage of her parents and went on to become a prolific female Hebraist, with over fifty published articles to her credit.

Institution: Jewish Public Library Archives, Montreal

Havvah Shapiro entered the "Garden of Eden"—the world of Hebrew learning and literature—under the tutelage of her parents and went on to become a prolific female Hebraist, with over fifty published articles to her credit.

Institution: Jewish Public Library Archives, Montreal

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Alice Schwarz-Gardos

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Alice Schwarz-Gardos, German-language journalist, editor and foreign correspondent has reported on political and cultural events in Israel, where she lives.
Courtesy of Alice Shwarz-Gardos, Tel Aviv

Alice Schwarz-Gardos, German-language journalist, editor and foreign correspondent has reported on political and cultural events in Israel, where she lives.

Courtesy of Alice Shwarz-Gardos, Tel Aviv

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