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4 Share in $10,000 Remembrance Award Given by Bergen Belsen Federation

Two Polish Jewish poets, an American author and a Dutch academician were selected by an international Jury here yesterday to share in the $10,000 Remembrance Award offered annually by the World Federation of Bergen Belsen Associations for the best book or other work of literature on the Nazi holocaust or on the rehabilitation of its survivors in Israel.

The winners, each of whom will receive $2,500, are the Polish Jewish poet Stanislav Wigodzki, who published nine volumes on the holocaust; the Yiddish poet and author Chaim Grade who was born in Vilna and now lives in the United States; Arthur Morse, author of “While Six Million Died”, an expose of world indifference to the slaughter of European Jews during World War II, and Prof. Jacob Presser, of Holland, an historian who survived the Nazi occupation of his homeland and has written a book on the liquidation of Dutch Jewry.

Another item on the agenda of the meeting of the Bergen Belsen survivors was a protest against the exhumation of mass graves at the Bergen Belsen site at the request of France. French authorities are pressing a court action for the removal of the remains of 139 French nationals from the common grave. Jewish groups all over the world have protested. They pointed out that apart from the desecration issue, medical authorities concede that it would be impossible to distinguish the skeletons of the French dead from those of the other victims.

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