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contribution to the solution of racial and nationalistic questions and
of the Jewish question in particular is made by Olga Levertoff,
in her
The Jews in a Christian Social Order
(New York, Macmillan,
1943). Forceful discussions of recent aspects of anti-Semitism
and related subjects are offered by the Rev. Dr. Stephen S. Wise
in his
As I See I t
(New York, Jewish Opinion Pub. Corp., 1944).
Zionism and various other manifestations for the acquisition of
Palestine for the Jews are in no small measure responsible for the
lively interest in the problems connected with the economic, social
and political development of the Holy Land. There is a constant
flow of reading matter in various forms which keeps that interest
fresh. Only a handful of books can be dealt with here. A com-
petent work, written with warmth and understanding in which
the Zionist movement and its achievements in Palestine are ably
appraised, was issued by the Jewish Publication Society of America
under the title
Harvest in the Desert
by Maurice Samuel (Phila-
delphia, 1944). In Jacob Savin's
The Only Answer
(Detroit, 1944)
one meets with brief discussions of the ideologies of the various
parties comprising the Zionist movement and a description of
Zionist activities. Max Pritzker’s compilation
Our Mandate on
Palestine
(New York, 1944) is a contribution toward the under-
standing of the position of the religiously minded Zionists.
Road
to Freedom
is the title of a volume of writings and addresses by
Leo Pinsker which includes his
Auto-Emancipation
, a classic in
Zionist literature. I t is provided with an introduction by B.
Natanyahu (New York, 1944). The so-called Arab-Jewish problem
which is a serious stumbling block to the progress of political
Zionism is discussed by Eliahu Ben-Horin, in his
The Middle East
,
crossroads of history (New York, Norton, 1943). He advocates
the transfer of the Arabs in Palestine and Trans-Jordan to Iraq
or to a united Syrian-Iraq state. Another solution of the problem
is offered by John Van Ess in his
Meet the Arab
(New York, John
Day, 1943). He suggests a partitioned Jewish state within an
Arab federation. Walter Clay Lowdermilk’s
Palestine
,
Land of
Promise
, (New York, Harper, 1944) proposes the creation of a
Jordan Valley authority which would make possible the absorption
of at least 4,000,000 immigrants beyond those now residing in
Palestine. These and other aspects of the Jewish claims on Pales-
tine were the subject of Hearings by U. S. Congress, House Com-
mittee on Foreign Affairs. The proceedings of those hearings were
published under the title
The Jewish National Home in Pales-
tine
. . . With Appendix of documents relating to the Jewish
National Home in Palestine (Washington, Government Printing
Office, 1944). In
Justicefo r My People
, the Jewish Case (London,
1943) Ernst Frankenstein offers a plea for the establishment of a
Jewish State in Palestine.
The Jewish National Home
is the title
of a volume of essays commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary
of the issuance of the Balfour Declaration edited by Paul Good-
man, with foreword by Viscount Cecil of Chelwood P. C., and
introduction by Dr. Chaim Weizmann (London, Dent, 1943).
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