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of a century of the Yiddish drama. Eisig Silberschlag's descrip־
tion of two precursors of Hebrew literature in America, Edgar
Bernstein’s account of the English, Yiddish and Hebrew literary
output in South Africa, and David Rome’s survey of literature
of Jewish Canadiana, round out our modest cluster of cultural
sheaves.
Cognizance is taken of significant literary anniversaries: Abra-
ham Isaac Kook’s 25th
Yahrzeit,
by Leonard Gewirtz; Moses ibn
Ezra’s 900th
Yahrzeit,
by Harry Blumberg; Abraham Geiger’s
150th birthday, by Felix A. Levy; Henrietta Szold’s 100th birth-
day, by Irving Fineman; Nahum Sokolow’s 25th
Yahrzeit
and
100th birthday, by G. Kressel (in Hebrew); centennial of Theo-
dor Herzl’s birth, by Oskar K. Rabinowicz; H. Leivick’s 70th
birthday, by Shlomo Bickel (in Yiddish); and Jewish Literary
Anniversaries, by Theodore Wiener.
Bibliographies of new books in 1959-60—a treasury of Jewish
literary fecundity throughout the world—again perform their
indispensable function in our
Jewish Book Annual.
These basic,
valuable data have been compiled with painstaking care by
I. Edward Kiev, Mary N. Kiev, Mrs. Meyer Kripke, Daniel
Persky, Dina Abramowicz, Ruth P. Lehmann, G. Kressel and
Esther Togman. The annual report by our earnest and zealous
Executive Secretary, Philip Goodman, describes the fruitful
activities of our Book Council; but it does not reveal the in-
valuable service he personally contributes to every facet of our
broad program. We extend to him a well-deserved meed of
kudos and appreciation.
Two events—one happy and the other distressing—are recorded
in these pages. H. Leivick, renowned for his superb literary
creations in Yiddish over the past half-century and acclaimed
as our greatest living Jewish poet, editor, and playwright, was
voted the 1960 Frank L. Weil Award of the National Jewish
Welfare Board for his contributions to world literature and
for his enrichment of Jewish cultural life in America. We salute
and congratulate this poet laureate of the Jewish people.
We are saddened by the death of Dr. Philip Friedman, an
associate editor of our
Annual.
His untimely departure has
deprived us of a stalwart worker and colleague, and Jewish
historiography has lost a noted and versatile historian. He is
eulogized in this volume by Yudel Mark, whose touching tribute
is shared by all of us.
The publication of this volume was made possible by the
gifts of the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, the national or-
ganizations affiliated with the Jewish Book Council, and our
sponsor, the National Jewish Welfare Board. To them and to
these loyal co-workers, Rabbi Ely E. Pilchik, Hayyim Bass, Dr.
Mortimer J. Cohen, Solomon Kerstein and Harry Starr, we
acknowledge our gratitude. We trust our humble efforts will
meet with their approval and with that of the reading public.