Author Wins $100,000 Prize for Jewish History

The 2012 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature is awarded to Gal Beckerman for ‘When They Come for Us We'll Be Gone’.

The author of a history of Jews in the Soviet Union has won a $100,000 award.

The Jewish Book Council announced Wednesday that Gal Beckerman's "When They Come for Us We'll Be Gone" has won the 2012 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. It was Beckerman's first book.

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The Rohr prize honors "an author's potential to make significant contributions to Jewish literature." This year's runner-up was Abigail Green's "Moses Montefiore." Green will receive $25,000.

In addition to the Rohr prize, founded in 2007, The Jewish Book Council, the literary arm of the organized American Jewish community, also administers the National Jewish Book Awards.