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A Holocaust Story of Love and Partisan Resistance



    McGraw-Hill Building
    New York City, NY
    April 16, 2009
  • New York, April 14--PRN Newswire. For the authorship of his parents' biography, Michael Bart was honored with the prestigious Christopher Award at the 60th annual awards gala. This national award is given to motion picture films, broadcast and cable T.V. programs, and books for adults and young people that "affirm the highest values of the human spirit." Since 1949, more than 1300 Christopher Awards have been presented to encourage the pursuit of excellence in creative arenas that have the potential to influence a mass audience positively. Christopher Award winners remind "audiences, young and old, and of all faiths, of their worth, individuality and power to make a difference." Past winners include Steven Spielberg for Schindler's List and Elie Wiesel in the Books for Adults category.

    The award winning executive producer of PBS - MASTERPIECE Theatre Rebecca Eaton presented the award, and stated "Michael Bart learned about his parents' romance among the horrors of the ghetto, their heroic efforts in the underground resistance, and their role in the liberation of Vilna. And this, should be a feature film as well. Until Our Last Breath, is a powerful account of love, courage, and survival during the Holocaust."

    Included in this year's winners in the category of ADULT BOOKS: Until Our Last Breath: A Holocaust Story of Love and Resistance by Michael Bart and Laurel Corona; The Soloist by Steve Lopez; FEATURE FILMS: Slumdog Millionaire directed by Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan; Changeling directed by Clint Eastwood; BROADCAST & CABLE TV: ABC Primetime, The Last Lecture: A Celebration of Life written and reported by Diane Sawyer; PBS MASTERPIECE Classic - Cranford miniseries , Executive Producer for WGBH Rebecca Eaton.

    Pictured at the Christopher Awards Gala in the McGraw Hill Building, Michael Bart is with Daniela Rapp, his editor at St. Martin's Press (left). It was Daniela who worked so hard to make this book happen. Bart is holding his award winning book, Until Our Last Breath. And on the right is his wife, Bonnie.

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    AMN Healthcare Building & Auditorium
    San Diego, CA
    May 16, 2009
  • San Diego, May 16--SignOnSanDiego. At the 15th annual San Diego Book Awards ceremony and banquet, Michael Bart was presented with a certificate and trophy in the BEST BIOGRAPHY category for his authorship of his parents' story Until Our Last Breath: A Holocaust Story of Love & Partisan Resistance. The San Diego Union-Tribune's Books Editor Robert L. Pincus states the biography "conveys the story of Bart's parents, the destruction of the Jewish ghetto in Vilna during World War II and the wider tale of resistance and survival." San Diego Book Awards San Diego Book Awards

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    American Library Association (ALA)

    George Cohen, a reviewer for Booklist, wrote a piece on Until Our Last Breath. Booklist is a publication of book reviews from the American Library Association. Cohen states, "Bart posits that his book presents two interrelated narratives. One is historical, describing events pertaining to the Nazi occupation of Lithuania and the experiences of the Jews during those years. The other is the story of Leizer and Zenia Bart, his parents. They had been involved in the Jewish underground resistance during World War II with a group led by Abba Kovner, and they had spent nearly a year living in the forest, blowing up trains and sabotaging telephone and other communication equipment. They had lived in the Vilna ghetto for two years before escaping to join the partisans. Bart was able to locate his parents' records and some important documents, including letters his mother had written to the displaced persons. He also talked with Holocaust survivors who had known them. With 106 black-and-white photographs, this book is a work of exceptional historical importance."

    The American Library Association nominated Until Our Last Breath for a Sophie Brody Medal, a national award given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to Jewish literature published for adults in the United States. The award is to "encourage, recognize and commend outstanding achievement in Jewish literature." ALA

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