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J EWI SH BOOK C OU NC I L OF AMER I CA
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B
y
P
h i l i p
G
o o dm a n
R
es istance
a n d
R
e d e m p t io n
was the theme of the annual
observance of Jewish Month from November 15 to De­
cember 15, 1968, in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of
ghetto uprisings in Europe. This memorialization of the martyrs
and survivors gave impetus to the reading of the growing corpus
of Holocaust literature which has enhanced our rich Jewish
cultural heritage. Reports from large and small communities re­
vealed that the theme enjoyed wide acceptance and that there
was extensive participation in the Jewish Book Month observance.
An estimated 2,000 groups in all parts of the United States con­
ducted Jewish programs, and an unusually wide press coverage
recorded the role of the Jewish Book Council and the variegated
activities of organizations.
Jewish Boo \ Annual
Essays on Holocaust literature and on the development of fic­
tion and poetry in Israel since acquiring statehood were among
the articles featured in volume 27 of the
Jewish Book Annual.
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also listed and briefly described more than 930 books of Jewish
interest published in the United States, Israel and Great Britain
during the twelve month period ending May, 1968. The bibliog­
raphies “are of paramount significance,” wrote Dr. A. Alan
Steinbach, editor of the
Annual;
“they combine into a barometer
that renders possible the measurement of Jewish activity in the
field of letters. The books they list, like their predecessors over
the past 26 years, are cultural filaments in the infinite network
that goes back many centuries in time and in space.”
One reviewer described the
Jewish Book Annual
as a “hand­
book that presents a picture of the total creativity of Jewish writers
and scholars in the three languages of Jewish thought and ex­
perience in America. It is a veritable treasure house to those who
want to possess a cumulative record of what the Jewish mind and
imagination accomplish from season to season”
(The Workmen’s
Circle C a ll)
. A reviewer in
Jewish Social Studies
wrote: “The
publishers and editors of the
Annual
can only be thanked for
their twenty-five-year long contribution to this field. May the
Annual,
in the words of the traditional blessing, ‘live to be one
hundred and twenty.’ ”
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