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America, 1955), lists nearly two hundred items, many of them
illustrated. While the introduction is by Kayser, the scholarly
evaluation of the items is by the associate editor, Guido Schoen-
berger.
Some superb specimens of ritual silver are illustrated in
The
Jewish Museum of Prague
(1948 ) , interesting tombstones in
Old
Jewish Cemetery of Prague
(1947). Both are guidebooks, edited by
Hana Volavkova, and published in Prague by the Council of
Jewish Religious Communities of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia.
Dr. Volavkova also compiled the volume,
The Synagogue Treasures
of Bohemia and Moravia
(Prague, Sfinx, 1949), which deals with
Torah-curtains and other textiles used in the synagogue.
The large beautiful volume,
Jewish Art in European Synagogues
(London, Hutchinson, 1947, with a historical introduction by
Cecil Roth), is by George Loukomski, a non-Jew who devoted
many years to describing, drawing, painting and photographing
old synagogues of stone and wood in Eastern Europe, nearly all
of which have vanished in the two World Wars. Some of these
edifices resembled fortresses and were actually meant to shelter
civilians in times of war, while others of wood looked like Chinese
pagodas. In addition to Eastern European temples, a few syna-
gogues of Germany, Southern France, Italy and Spain are shown.
This valuable handbook also contains pictures of precious ritual
objects and ancient tombstones.
With
Myer Myers
,
Goldsmith
, by the late Jeanette W. Rosen-
baum (Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society of America, 1954),
we approach the era of emancipation. For Myers was a proud
resident of eighteenth century New York, where he practiced his
trade, raised a family, worshipped in the Mill Street Synagogue
and was buried in the Spanish-Portuguese cemetery off Chatham
Square. Myers’ work as a silversmith includes many ritual objects
for churches and synagogues.
Anglo-Jewish Portraits
(1935) and
A Jewish Iconography
(1954)
were compiled by Alfred Rubens and published by the Jewish
Museum of London. Rubens is a London Jew who has been col-
lecting prints of Jewish interest for more than thirty years. These
two large and elegant volumes are catalogues of the Rubens Col-
lections and cover the period from 1500 to 1850. While the major-
ity of likenesses of Jews from all parts of Europe, North Africa,
the Middle East and North America are by Gentile artists, a few
of them are by Jews.
Painters, sculptors and graphic artists are included in
One
Hundred Contemporary American Jewish Artists
(New York, Ykuf,
1947), with an introductory essay (in English and Yiddish) on
“The Jew in American Plastic Art” by Louis Lozowick. Each