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paved the way — was readily recognized. But Schwarz himself
has written
The Confessions of an Anthologist
as ah introduction
The Memories of My People.
In a gracious tribute, he tells here
how he sat at the feet of Professor Wolfsohn at Harvard and how
much he gained from this brilliant savant of hermit-like modesty.
He will undoubtedly again be compiling and publishing when,
after victory, he returns from the war.
At a summer resort, Candlewood Lake, Conn., I ran into another
anthologist-to-be, Dr. Joseph L. Baron. We corresponded after-
wards about his plan to publish a collection of stories about Jews
written by Gentile authors. This
, too, like the previous
project to collect all kinds of works of fiction touching upon Jewish
life, was right up my alley, having from the reading of many years
assembled many items and made notes of stories about our people
by non-Jewish writers, I was therefore able to supply Baron a
considerable list of tales and sketches of this character, written
originally in different languages. The author’s search for this type
of literature subsequently lead him to a more extended field and
after he published the stories under the title of
Candles in the Night
he proceeded to assemble all the statements and utterances from
non-Jews about the Jews which he brought out under the title of
Stars and Sand
, admittedly a documentary volume of exceeding
value especially from the point of view of so-called apologetics.
The Jewish quest for expressions of approval and sanction on the
part of Gentiles, is in a sense quite preposterous, but it is surely
less crazy than the original insanity of hatred and slander which it
seeks to overcome.
Marvin Lowenthal I learned to know in the course of Zionist
activities, carried on during World War I, on the eve of the issuance
of the Balfour Declaration, which the late Jacob de Haas accepted
and extolled as the occasion for instituting a second Passover
holiday. After doing some executive and editorial work here,
Lowenthal was sent to San Francisco to take charge of the Zionist
Bureau for California. On his return about the time of the thunder
and lightning which took place at the Cleveland Convention in
1921, he made plans to go abroad to study and write for a consider-
able period.
As executive secretary of the American Jewish Congress, I
created an opportunity by which he became our European rep-
resentative with the idea of his taking part in the work which
was being carried on by the late Leon Motzkin in Paris in the name
of the group that originally functioned as the Committee of Jewish
Delegations at the Peace Conference. Lowenthal was to report to
us from Paris and London and to visit other capitals as occasion
required. The comprehensive, penetrating and critical reports
which he sent to Dr. Stephen S. Wise and myself, in the Congress
offices, were not as scintillating nor as replete with humor (though
a scathing note of satire was often present) as the clever column
which for a number of years Ben Shahar contributed|to
The Menorah
Nevertheless the letters of our delegate at large to the
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