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The KKL-JNF booth at the 24th International Book Fair in Jerusalem received a great deal of attention. An impressive volume - the first Golden Book of the KKL-JNF was on display and attracted a large audience who was keenly interested in the unique design of the book and the listings it contained.
KKL-JNF representative at the fair, Efrat Benbenisti, who manages the Books of Honor, received visitors and offered explanations on the books and the variety of activities of KKL-JNF.
The first Golden Book was designed by a Viennese Jewish artist named Razenhoffer, who spent a year fashioning the cover and binding. The cover contains a beaten metal relief on a leather background picturing a multi-rayed sun rising over Jerusalem - symbolizing a new life for the Jewish people
The book lists dedications to contributors from the year 1907 to 1912. This is the first and only book to emerge from the Diaspora. Today there are 26 volumes of the Golden Book, which are displayed in the KKL-JNF head office in Jerusalem.
The book was a central attraction for visitors to the KKL-JNF booth, which was surrounded by 480 green pine saplings that decorated the KKL-JNF area at the fair. Visitors were amazed to discover/ friends and relatives who were listed in the books of honor over the years.
At the international book fair, thousands of titles from across the world were displayed, and various literary events took place for the general public. The main attraction of the fair was the renowned Jerusalem Prize that is awarded each year to an author who expresses human freedom in his or her writing. This year's prize was awarded to the Japanese author Haruki Murakami, who received the prize from Jerusalem's Mayor, Nir Barkat. The Jerusalem Prize is considered one of the most renowned international literary prizes.
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