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PREFACE
The
*Jewish Book Annual
and its parent, the Jewish Book
Council of America, are deeply grateful for the kind reception and
friendly criticism accorded to the
Annual
of last year; we hope
that our 1943 effort will be given the same considerate yet frank
evaluation.
Our
Annual
of 1942 was hailed as proof of the inherent unity
of Jewish culture in the United States, despite the trilingual form
in which our efforts — literary and educational — manifest them-
selves. To prove the existence of and to enhance this unity are,
indeed, the twin purposes of the Jewish Book Council. I t was
created in order to provide a Cultural Exchange for the three
linguistic groups in American Israel, all of which are American,
all of which are Jewish, and all of which strive to enrich their
common cultural heritage.
We know however that, notwithstanding unity and sincerity,
the efforts of all our groups will prove unproductive unless Jewish
cultural consciousness becomes more widespread. Our methods
as well as our objectives are, therefore, of the utmost importance,
and in this
Annual
the reader will find evidence of our search for
new ways of bringing the message of the Jewish book to larger
numbers of our people. The
Annual
of 1943 differs from its pred-
ecessor as the latter differed from the one which preceded it. I t
may be well briefly to note the evolution of our
Annual.
When Miss Fanny Goldstein, of the Boston Public Library, to
whose efforts the Jewish Book Council is greatly indebted, began
publication of her excellently compiled Jewish book lists, her
avowed aim was to acquaint the public with current Jewish
bibliography. A second step toward an
Annual
was taken with
the publication, in mimeographed form, of Manuals of Suggestions
for the observance of Jewish Book Week. Doctor Mordecai Soltes
devoted much energy to the creation of the tri-lingual pattern
of the Jewish Book Council and to drawing up practical plans for
exhibits and Jewish book programs throughout the year. The
section of this
Annual
, prepared by Doctor Soltes, shows how
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