Sophie Brody Award

Sophie Brody Award
About the Sophie Brody Award This award is given to encourage, recognize and commend outstanding achievement in Jewish literature. Past and current winners can be found here:

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2010 Winner(s)

The Book of the Unknown: Tales of the Thirty-Six

by Jonathon Keats (Random House)

Keat’s engaging book opens with a fictional scholar’s quest to understand the meaning behind a list of names found during the excavation of a German synagogue. The names are based on a group of 36 virtuous people who justify human existence before God. These finely crafted tales pay homage to the rich tradition of Jewish folklore.

2010 Honor(s)

Clara's War: One Girl's Story of Survival

by Clara Kramer and Stephen Gantz (Ecco)

A teenager when the Nazis invaded her Polish town, Kramer’s moving testimony of survival is based on journals she kept during the 18-month period when she and 17 other Polish Jews secretly hid in a shallow bunker underneath a neighboring couple’s home. Illustrating the harsh truths of survival, Clara’s War is profound and utterly compelling.

The Jewish Body

by Melvin Konner (Schocken)

Referring often to Jewish literature, history and culture, this succinctly written and imaginative analysis examines the inter-connections between the Jewish view of the physical human body, the Jewish conception of God, Jewish peoplehood, and the reality of a national Jewish homeland.
Stylistically rich, this book rewards close reading because there is content in every sentence.

Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy

by Thomas Buergenthal (Little Brown)

Czechoslovakia-born Buergenthal shares the compelling story of his survival in World War II, revisiting the difficult memories of his early youth spent in a Jewish ghetto, the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, children’s barracks and an orphanage. Asking potent questions about human character, this riveting, poignant and remarkable memoir deserves wide readership.