Monday, August 20, 2012

Frankfurt, Germany, awards Silvia Tennenbaum Goethe Medal and Celebrates Her Book, "Yesterday's Streets"

Silvia Tennenbaum at the screening of "Die Frau des Rabbiners", a film about her life,
during the "Frankfurt Leist ein Buch" literature festival
For two weeks in April, Silvia Tennenbaum and her book, Yesterday's Streets, were the centerpiece of the Frankfurt Liest ein Buch (Frankfurt Is Reading a Book) literature festival. Silvia was honored in over seventy events, including readings of her work by German writers and leading representatives of Frankfurt's cultural scene.
     
One of the highlights of the festival was when Silvia was awarded the Goethe Medal, the highest award of the Ministry for the Arts (Ministeriums für Kunst). 
"We thank a great writer for her life's work," said Ingmar Jung,
State Secretary in the Hesse Ministry of Science and Art,
as he awarded author Silvia Tennenbaum
the Goethe-Plakette des Landes Hessen
Originally published in 1981, Yesterday's Streets, is a sweeping epic that takes a Jewish family through four generations, from the German empire to the Nazi regime. Kirkus Reviews describes it as "...a sleek, full-bodied saga overall, intensified throughout by the Frankfurt-born author's unmistakable personal involvement."

Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Silvia moved to the United States in 1938. She lived in New York, then moved to Lynchburg, Virginia, where she lived for twenty years and raised three sons. Ms. Tennenbaum now resides in East Hampton, New York.

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