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(Published outside the United States)
1956-1957
By
G
e o r g e
J.
W
e b b e r
T
HE fifth annual Jewish Book Week and Exhibition organized
by the Jewish Book Council of England was opened in
January, 1957, with an address by the writer on “A Festival of
Jewish Books.” The address was in two parts. The first dealt
with the history, technique and catholicity of purpose of the
Council, namely, “ to stimulate and encourage the reading of
books on every aspect of Jewish thought, life, history and lit­
erature.” The second was devoted to the writer’s personal choice
of recent Jewish books — English and American, by Jews and
by non-Jews.
The bibliographical distinction in the Exhibition belonged to
the Cultural Committee of the World Jewish Congress for provid­
ing one hundred volumes in several languages on “The Jew as a
Character in Literature.” Exhibiting this year for the first time,
the Anglo-Jewish Association assembled an impressive contribu­
tion of “Contemporary Anglo-Jewish Writers.” A number of
books rarely seen in England, gratefully received from the Hillel
Foundation in Washington and from the Jewish Book Council
of America, were displayed with discrimination by Hillel House
recently established by the Hillel Foundation in England. As
expressed in the modern world of Jewish writing:
“Not by eastern windows only,
When daylight comes, comes in the light.”
This union of East and West was likewise manifest in the
Hebrew section entitled “The Scope of Publishing in Israel,”
assembled by the Jewish Agency and the
Brit Ivrit Olamit.
Also
present was a Yiddish section of books collected from old Russia
as well as from new writers in South America. The predominant
motivation of the Exhibition was summarized by the Jewish
Memorial Council and the Central Council for Jewish Religious
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