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edition of
Jews in American Wars
by Joseph G. Fredman and Louis
A. Falk touches upon the patriotism of American Jews. An
interesting contribution to local Jewish history is Rabbi Abraham
J. Feldman’s
Remember the Days of Oldt
an outline history of the
Congregation Beth Israel, Hartford, Conn. A useful work is Dr.
Solomon R. Kagan’s biographical handbook of
American ,Jewish
Physicians of Note
(Medico-Hist. Press). Problems of Jewish
education in America are discussed in the
Model Program fo r the
Talmud Torah
edited by Rabbi Leo Jung and Joseph Kaminetsky;
in Joshua Lieberman’s effort to present
A New Approach to the
Education of American Jewish Children
and in the series of dis-
cussions in the Jewish press on recent tendencies in American
Jewish education.
Other aspects of American and general Jewish life find a measure
of expression in publications of fiction and biography. Such
publications very often convey a more accurate portrayal of
conditions in a given time or place than works pretending to be
more serious in nature. Maurice Samuel’s
The World of Sholom
Aleichem
(Knopf) is an extraordinary reconstruction of the period,
locale and characters depicted in the voluminous writings of
Sholem Aleichem. In
The Little People
, a novel by Albert Halper
(Harper), one meets with familiar Jewish types among the business
men in Chicago, while other Jewish characters centering about a
young New York stenographer are introduced in
Telegram from
Heaven
, a novel by Arnold Manoff (Dial Press). Virtually all the
stories comprising the volume
Rich People
by Betty S. Tigay
(Stein) are of Jewish interest.
The Niece of Abraham Pein
by
James H. Wallis (Dutton) is a tale of refugees, murder, injustice
and anti-Semitism set in a rural community in New Hampshire.
Gladys B. Stern’s
The Young Matriarch
(Macmillan) is a continu-
ation of her novels in which the affairs of the Rakonitz clan are
brought up to date. The story of a young refugee and his adjust-
ment to American life through his experience at a boys’ school is
well told in
The Welcome
by Babette Deutsch (Harper). An in-
teresting story involving the search of lost Temple treasures is
told by Ben Aronin in his
Cavern of Destiny
(Behrman’s).
The best Jewish verse of the year found its way in current
periodical publications. One wishes for the republication in book
form of such verse. However, mention must be made of the
appearance of the first volume of Delmore Schwartz’s
Genesis
,
a narrative poem, in prose and verse, dealing with the life of
Hershey Green, a New York boy (New Directions). Some of the
Twentieth Century Psalms and Other Poems
by Norman H.
Sokolow (Wetzel Pub. Co.) are dedicated to “ the descendants of
the psalmists and all others who know oppression.”
Jewish biographical literature in English was enriched with an
unusual volume of selections from Jewish autobiographical
writings from the eleventh century to the present time. I t is
entitled
Memoirs of My People
, through a thousand years, and is
edited by Leo W. Schwarz (Jewish Publication Society). The
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