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Gilles, G. Labbe, J. A. L'Archeveque, R. Legare, J. G. Mugan
and L. Provencher.
A number of Canadian books dealing with the broader aspects
of Judaism have a place of honor on the Canadiana bookshelf.
These include Prof. J. C. Murray's translation of Solomon Mai-
mon’s
Autobiography
(1880); Bishop W. C. White’s definitive
study of
Chinese Jews
in 3 volumes (1942); Y. Shtern’s
Cheder
un Beth Medresh
(1950); N. Shemen’s history of
Lubl in
; W. G.
Hardy’s and W. Penfield’s Abrahamic novels.
Jews have made a notable and enduring contribution to the
academic and social literature of Canada. Among these may be
mentioned L. M. Bloomfield’s studies of Guatemala and the
Suez; B. L. Cohen’s economic studies; B. Laskin’s, S. Jacobs’
and J. L. Cohen’s legal-social essays; R. A. Davies’ books on
Canadian affairs; and B. Ostrey’s study of Mackenzie King
(jointly with H. S. Ferns). Also Lionel Gelber’s work on Canada-
U.S. relations; G. E. H art’s histories; L. M. Lande’s work on
early Canada; M. H. Myerson’s analysis of
Germany’s War
Crimes;
R. Klibansky’s philosophy works; A. Rose’s sociological
studies; Louis Rosenberg’s analysis of Canadian economics; Sig-
mund Samuel’s contributions to Canadiana, and those of Drs.
A. Goldbloom and A. Stillman to the popular literature on
medicine.
Impressive indeed is the sheer volume of these books—all of
them of some importance—when we consider that of lesser
editions the still incomplete bibliography compiled in the
Jewish Public Library numbers over 5,000 items, and also when
we remember that we are dealing with a community of barely
250,000 souls and in substance scarcely three-score years old.
But from a closer examination of this record of printed docu-
mentation, considerably more emerges than sheer volume or
even quality. There come to the surface the lineaments of the
community—the differences that distinguish it from other paral-
lei communities, that limn its features, its unique historical,
social and cultural character, its peculiar, creative role in the
totality of world Jewry and its influence upon the life of the
individual citizen.
What more do bibliography and the collection of books seek?