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has been betrayed by the leaders of the United Nations, partic-
ularly by the British. In
The Road Back to Paris
, by Abbott
Joseph Liebling (Garden City, Doubleday, 1944) there is a section
devoted to the Algerian Jewish community and to the help ren-
dered by it to the American invasion forces. An exotic aspect of
American Jewish history is presented in the claims so often made
for the existence of Negro Jewish communities in this country.
An interesting discussion of the Church of God (Black Jews) is
contained in
Black Gods of the Metropolis
, Negro religious cult
of the urban North, by Arthur Huff Fauset (Philadelphia, Univer-
sity of Pennsylvania Press, 1944). Interesting material on Negro-
Jewish relations and on the Black Jews of Harlem is found in Roi
Ottley’s sociological study entitled *
New World a-Coming
inside
Black America (Boston, Houghton, Mifflin, 1944).
Despite the exigencies of the war, Jewish learning continues to
flourish in English speaking lands. The traditions set in modern
Jewish learning have been maintained with normal vigor in the
pages of such well-known periodical publications as the
Jewish
Quarterly Review
,
Historia Judaica
,
Jewish Social Studies
,
Journal
of Jewish Bibliography, Contemporary Jewish Record
,
The Jewish
Teacher
,
Menorah Journal
and other like magazines. A goodly
number of studies by Jewish and non-Jewish scholars on Jewish
and related subjects has also found its way into the pages of
various other learned publications not necessarily Jewish in char-
acter.
A number of eminent scholars have done well in bringing to-
gether in book form notable contributions to Jewish learning which
they have made in previous years, through the medium of periodi-
cal and like publications. Dr. Harry Friedenwald, Prof. Alexander
Marx and Prof. Solomon Zeitlin have thus given more permanency
and greater accessibility to some of their valuable studies which
heretofore were scattered in a variety of sources. The two volumes
of essays
The Jews and Medicine
by Dr. Harry Friedenwald,
(Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Press, 1944) present historical and
biographical accounts of early Jewish physicians and of the con-
tributions Jews have made to the advancement of science and
medicine. Prof. Alexander Marx in his
Studies in Jewish History and
Booklore
(NewYork, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1944)
brought together twenty odd of the learned contributions to Jewish
history and literature which he made within a period of close to half
a century. Some of them are bibliographical and biographical in
character. The first volume of Prof. Solomon Zeitlin’s work on
Religious and Secular Leadership
(Philadelphia, Dropsie College
for Hebrew and Cognate Learning, 1943) represents a reprint of
pertinent studies previously published elsewhere. They tend to
clarify quite a few moot questions in historical aspects of Jewish
communal life. A contribution to the clarification of the secret of
Jewish survival is made by Waldo Frank in
The Jew in Our Day
(New York, Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1944), a collection of papers
which previously appeared in the
Contemporary Jewish Record
and
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