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contributions to poetry and literary criticism. He has won
recognition as a leading editor and as a compiler of useful
anthologies. He edited the collective volume
Sefer Bialik,
in
honor of the sixtieth birthday of the national poet, as well as
the Zionist anthology,
Sefer ha-Aretz.
Until recently he was the
editor of
Moznaim,
the monthly organ of the Hebrew Writers’
Association in Palestine.
In addition to bibliographies of Mapu, Gordon, Cohen and
Fichman, the section includes, among other features, a select
list of Hebrew books which have appeared during the last five
years, and a reading list classified according to ages. The section
is brought to a close with a number of salient facts about the
increased popularity of Hebrew in this country and the ascend-
ency of Hebrew letters in Palestine.
It is revealed that
3 1 7 3
students studied Hebrew last year in
the public high schools of New York City, and that
1 4 7
colleges
and theological institutions and
2 7
graduate schools offer He-
brew as a course of study. In Palestine
5 3 0
periodicals and books
appeared during the past year, while
2 0 0
Hebrew volumes were
published yearly outside of Palestine before the outbreak of
the war.
SUMMARY OF THE YIDDISH SECTION
By
E. A. Trommer
The Yiddish section opens, quite appropriately, with an
article on “The Jews and the Yiddish Book” by Jacob Levine,
in which, pointing out that the soul of a people is to be found
in its literature, he dwells on the importance of Yiddish Letters
for the Jews. The writer insists that publishing works by Yiddish
writers is not sufficient and that steps must be taken to dispose
of these books in larger quantities than heretofore among the
Yiddish-reading public.
In “The Fire-Scroll of the Jewish Book,” Z. Broshi reviews
the destruction of Jewish books from the days of the Spanish
Inquisition to the present-day burnings by the Nazi barbarians
in Germany and the occupied territories, such as Poland and
Lithuania. Throughou t his sorry tale, Mr. Broshi manages to
inject a note of hope, and admonishes us all “to tell our children
about the scroll of fire accompanying the Jewish book, about
the spiritual courage of our fathers in the days of old and of the
silent martyrdom that is being displayed today within the dark
walls of the ghettos in this year of grace,
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.”
The next contribution is “The Yiddish Secular Schools Help
Spread Yiddish Books,” by H. Novack, in which the author argues
convincingly that the Yiddish schools for our youth, maintained
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