Peter Behrens was among the winners of the Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature announced by the Koffler Centre of the Arts on Oct. 3 at the Park Hyatt Hotel. Behrens won in the fiction category for Carry Me . The prize includes a $10,000 award on behalf of Lillian and Norman Glowinsky Family Foundation. Other winners were Miriam Libicki, Matti Friedman, Irene N. Watts and Kathryn E. Shoemaker. The jury, featuring Ami Sands Brodoff, Bob Bossin and Cary Fagan, called Behrens a “master” and that, “this is a novel that could be, should be, read in a hundred years.” In his acceptance speech, Behrens outlined his inspiration in an anecdote from his childhood. His father immigrated to Canada in 1934 from Frankfurt, however, in 1939, felt compelled to return to bring Behrens’ grandparents over to Canada as well. However, Behrens’ grandfather was reluctant to leave. “He was one of those few people who still believed in Germany and still could not believe this monster [Hitler] would be allowed to continue,” said Behrens. “He was wrong, obviously.” READ: LOVE STORY DEPICTS MORAL CRUMBLING OF PREWAR GERMANY Behrens continued to explain that as his father was in Germany attempting to […]
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