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SUMMARY
Pograbinsky, the first part of which was published in volume 9.
The article gives brief descriptions of publishing houses outside
of Israel, such as, Stybel, Ogen, Yalkut, Dvir, Hasefer, Yavneh,
Rimon and Schocken.
On the occasion of the one hundredth birthday of R. A. Broides,
E. R. Malachi has written “ ‘
Ha-Yahadut
’ of Broides/’ This
article describes the periodical
Ha-Yahadut
(Judaism), devoted to
news, literature and criticism, that Broides edited and published
in 1885. Although the publication was well edited, only four
issues appeared, probably due to the fact that the editor attempted
to avoid the presentation of controversial matters and thus did
not attract sufficient readers.
“The Hebrew Congress” by Dean Eisig Silberschlag is a report
of the first world congress devoted to the Hebrew language and
culture, which was held in the summer of 1950 in Jerusalem. The
writer vividly describes the background, the program and the
atmosphere of the congress that was sponsored by the Brit Ivrit
Olamit.
YIDDISH SECTION
The English Section of this volume includes an abbreviated
translation of “Yiddish Literature in America, 1950-51,” by Dina
Abramowicz, entitled “Recent Yiddish Books.”
Dr. Philip Friedman presents an authoritative survey of “The
Literature of Landsmanshaften in the United States in the Last
Ten Years.” This article deals with the memorial books and
monographs that have been published by the Landsmanshaften
to record the history of the destroyed European Jewish commu-
nities whose names they bear. The writer urges all such organi-
zations to perpetuate the memory of the Jewish life in the cities
and towns from which their members originated by having
appropriate historical works written.
On the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of the birth
of the great Yiddish writer, Sh. Niger contributes a brilliant essay
on “Peretz and Yiddish.” It is significant to note that while the
three classical Yiddish writers — Mendele Mocher Sefarim, Sholom
Aleichem and Peretz — wrote originally in Hebrew, they turned
to Yiddish, the living tongue of the Jewish masses.
“The Yiddish Drama” by Dr. Jacob Shatzky, the author of
many essays on various aspects of this subject, is written to mark
the seventy-fifth anniversary of the establishment by Abraham
Goldfaden of the professional Yiddish theatre. Dr. Shatzky
points out that while the development of the drama among other
peoples was a direct outgrowth of the need for plays for the