The writings of Isaac Babel won the Koret Jewish Book Awards. “The Complete Works of Isaac Babel” contains diaries, stories and plays composed by the 20th-century Russian Jewish writer, who died in the Stalinist purges. W.G. Sebald, a recently deceased author whose fiction often dealt with Holocaust and memory, was given a special award for literature. Eli Lederhendler was given the history prize for “New York Jews and the Decline of Urban Ethnicity — 1950-1970.” Dorothy Gallagher’s “How I Came Into My Inheritance and Other True Stories,” about a leftist Jewish family in Harlem, was awarded the biography, autobiography and literary studies prize. Samuel Heilman’s “When a Jew Dies: The Ethnography of a Bereaved Son” and Ken Koltun-Fromm’s “Moses Hess and Modern Jewish Identity” were awarded the philosophy and thought prize. The awards, partially sponsored by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, will be presented April 15 in New York.
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