Muki Tzur: historian, writer and teacher, September2008.
"I love the way the book blends what a person could imagineactually happened and the sources he had about what really happened. If not forthis, it would be a dry history that would completely miss the mark! I really admiredyour detective work and your writing. The writing is truly gripping! This is awork of history - not the way history is usually written, but a different kindof history; in which the imagined is deeply rooted in research."
Moshe Zimmerman: professor of history at the HebrewUniversity; expert in German history, June 2003.
"The book is just beautifully written! The interplay betweenpersonal truth and the desire to document, the emotional involvement, kept meinterested throughout. This is the kind of book that makes me very happy. Ijust had to recommend that libraries purchase it, so I wrote about itenthusiastically. I was fascinated by this bloody tale of communism andbetrayal. It's an incredibly moving work. It's wonderful! You did an amazingjob!"
Haim Be'er: writer and editor, professor of literature, September 2003.
"Zosha is a complex, intriguing,difficult and tragic figure. This book ought to be around for many years tocome, because it is a significant record of people and a time that are gone forgood; of a unique phenomenon in the modern world, when people genuinelybelieved that they were on the brink of a new world, on the brink of paradise.Jews and non-Jews wanted to touch heaven, wanted to touch the holy fire - andwere burned."
Hanoch Bartov: a top Israeli writer.
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"Drawingon extensive, in depth and meticulous research, and showing remarkable courage,the author grapples with and depicting a heroin in the classic and most aptsense of the word.
Adelicate relationship develops between the author and the "Red Orchestra"member - Zosha, whose life-story she set up to document. YehuditKafri depicts this relationship in precise and restraint language, whilemaintaining the proper emotional and intellectual balance vis-à-vis theterrible historic events that she writes about. Zoshais an historical novel that interweaves the personal and emotional aspects of itscharacters with the great story of the era."
The prize committee included the authors Gail Hareven and Reuven Miran.