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anti-Semitism upon a young Viennese army officer, a singer of
Polish-Jewish extraction and their child Elizabeth is described in
One Fair Daughter
, a novel by Bruno Frank (New York, Viking
Press, 1943). In his
They Came to London
, (New York, Macmillan,
1943) Paul Tabor tells of the struggles of survival of refugees
endeavoring to reach England in order to help in the fight for
freedom, and of a Viennese professor of entomology, interned in
North Africa by the Vichyites, who is drowned as he tries to make
his escape.
Breathe Upon These
by Ludwig Lewisohn (Indianapolis,
Bobbs-Merrill, 1944) is a short novel in which the experiences of
refugees in Europe and in Palestine are described in the author’s
characteristically attractive style, laying special stress upon the
“ Struma incident.” The fate of refugees, among whom there are
two Jewish characters, stranded in a Central American country,
awaiting their visas to the United States, is described in
Liberty
Street
by Ira Victor Morris (New York, Harper, 1944). In
Jacobow-
sky and the Colonel
, a comedy of a tragedy in three acts (New York,
Viking, 1944) Franz V. Werfel shows how a Polish-Jewish refugee
and a reactionary Polish colonel come together in Paris and dis-
cover that in order to make good their escape from the Nazis each
is necessary to the other.
Angel with the Trumpet
by Ernst Lothar
(New York, Doubleday, Doran, 1944) is an interesting story of
Austria from 1899 to 1938 in which, among other characters, is a
woman of Jewish birth who had considered herself a Catholic until
the annexation of the country by the Nazis. The plight of the
refugees is also dealt with by Mrs. Laura Zametkin Hobson in her
novel
The Trespassers
(New York, Simon and Schuster, 1943).
In
The Trial of Adolf Hitler
by Michael Young (New York, Dutton,
1944) the suffering of a Viennese refugee family is narrated, while
Zalman Shneor’s
Downfall
(New York, Roy, 1944) is a novel in
which the tragedy which came to a Jewish merchant and his family
during the German occupation of Poland in 1915 is vividly de-
scribed.
The Level Land
by Dola (Mrs. Jan Hoowij) De Jong (New
York, Scribner, 1943) is a story of a Dutch family and its Jewish
refugee guest during the invasion written for children from eight
to twelve and charmingly illustrated by the author’s husband.
American fiction is not very rich in publications dealing with
Jewish experience in this country. In this respect American
Yiddish fiction is more fortunate. Far greater is the number of
pieces of Yiddish fiction of this character than that which is annual-
ly produced in English. I t is therefore good, indeed, to be able to
record a number of titles which are not without significance in the
effort to depict in American fiction aspects of Jewish experience
in this country. Robert Gessner in his
Treason
(New York,
Scribner, 1944) presents a novel with Benedict Arnold as its central
figure in which Haym Salomon plays a role, and Ben Field in his
The Outside Leaf
(New York, Reynal and Hitchcock, 1943) tells
an interesting story of the relations between Jewish and non-
Jewish tobacco growers of the Connecticut Valley. The life of
people in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn which is largely
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