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Jewish Winner of German Book Award Declines to Come to Germany

A survivor of the Bergan-Belsen concentration camp, who won the 1962 German Youth Book prize with a book on the life and fate of Jewish children in the Nazi camps, has contributed the cash award of 4,000 marks ($1,000) to dependents of other survivors, officials said here today.

Clara Asscher-Pinkhof, the Dutch-born Israeli author, won the award for her book, “Children of the Star,” but she declined to come to West Germany to accept it. She said then “I cannot cross that border again.”

A 400-page paperback volume containing carefully selected eyewitness accounts of Jewish persecution by the Nazis in various occupied countries during the war will be published soon. The book, “We Have Seen It,” was written by Gerhard Schoenberner, a German who has become well known for an earlier book on the subject called “The Yellow Star.”

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