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Lichtman, William.
Between the star and the cross. New York, Citadel,
1957. 285 p.
Autobiographical novel of a young American boy who had been an
aviator during World War II. He finds a new purpose in life: flying a
plane for Israel.
Malamud, Bernard.
The magic barrel. New York, Farrar, Straus, Cudahy,
1958. 214 p.
Handful of short stories ranging in settings from New York to Rome
and dealing in the main with poor, hard-working, often misunderstood
people. Though grief permeates the stories there is a thread of hope
throughout.
Mankowitz, Wolf.
The Mendelman fire and other stories. Boston, Little,
Atlantic, 1957. 191 p.
Seventeen short stories and one long one. About two thirds of the
stories portray the English Jew in the lower economic level of English
society.
Mayrant, Drayton.
Lamp in Jerusalem. New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts,
1957. 248 p.
The plight of two young lovers separated by family traditions and
tribal feuds, in ancient Jerusalem at the time of the division of the
kingdom.
Moll, Elick.
Seidman and son. New York, Putnam, 1958. 288
p.
Charming novel about a Seventh Avenue dress manufacturer of great
natural diplomacy, cheerfulness and common sense, all of which he
needs to cope with the problems of the trade.
Nemerov, Howard.
The homecoming game: a novel. New York, Simon &
Schuster, 1957. 246 p.
A Jewish professor, Dr. Charles Osman, finds himself in difficulty when
he fails the star football player on the eve of a very important game.
Obletz, Rose Meyerson.
The long road home. New York, Exposition, 1958.
176 p.
A novel of Jewish refugees.
Oldenburg, Zoe.
The awakened. Trans, by Edward Hyans. New York,
Pantheon, 1957. 493 p.
Set in Paris on the eve of World War II, this is the love story of
Stephanie, a Jewish refugee from Hitler’s Germany, who along with her
father has become converted to Catholicism. Her father bitterly opposes
her marriage to Ilya, a White Russian officer. When the war kills her
father and drives her from home she comes to the realization that she
cannot go against her father’s teachings and leaves Ilya.
Pawel, Ernest.
From the dark tower. New York. Macmillan, 1957. 245
p.
Abraham Rogoff, successful Long Island insurance man, is greatly
affected by the suicide of his business associate. His reevaluation of life
strangely enough precipitates his rebellion against the Jewish community
of Samaria Beach, L. I., rather than against the firm.
Peretz, Isaac Leib.
In this world and the next. Selected writings. Translated
from the Yiddish by Moshe Spiegel. New York, Yoseloff, 1958. 377 p.
This fresh translation captures the golden era of the Yiddish speaking
Jews in pre-war Warsaw.
Presser, Jacob.
Breaking point. Cleveland and New York, World, 1958. 92 p.
Set in the infamous concentration camp of Westerbrok, Holland, where
Jews were herded together once a week before deportation to certain
death in Auschwitz, this story is hauntingly told by a Dutch-Jewish
intellectual, Jacques Henriques.
Raskin, Saul. Go
back and tell. New York, Whittier Books, 1958. 196
p.
Autobiographical in some measure, reflecting people, life, love, friend-
ship, art and immortality.