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erstwhile Committee of Delegations, like the observations in
The
Menorah Journal
, constitute one of the unpublished works of the
author of
Worlds that Have Passed.
In the production of this book
which was made possible by the author’s lengthy stay abroad the
present writer likes to think he has had some small share.
Jewish Pioneers and Patriots
by Lee M. Friedman carries one
back to many interesting and picturesque phases of early American
Jewish history, the author having a fine knack for uncovering and
revealing rare and fascinating episodes illustrating the earliest
contacts between Americans and Jews. The work of this distin-
guished attorney and communal worker, who had developed such
an excellent hobby, also brings to me early thoughts or Boston,
association with the
Boston Evening Transcript
, the
Boston Post
and other literary and journalistic relationships which I attempted
to depict in our
Annual
for 1942. In Boston I first heard Israel
Zangwill lecture on
The Ghetto
and learned of the encouragement
he gave to a budding young authoress, Mary Antin, by writing an
introduction to
From Plotzk to Boston
, Mary’s childhood experi-
ences first written in Yiddish and afterwards incorporated in
The
Promised Land.
This was, of course, the sensation of the day, but
before that
From Plotzk to Boston
was at least locally a seven day
wonder and attracted considerable attention. Mr. and Mrs.
Charles H. Hecht, leading Boston philanthropists of that day, the
hosts and friends of Mr. Zangwill, were also the god-parents of this
little book, having befriended and encouraged the young im-
migrant protegee.
There was also a boy in Boston destined to become a noted
author and scholar whom I knew well and whose development I
watched with keen interest. In those days Horace M. Kallen was
busy organizing and taking part in debates and in amateur theatri-
cals arranged by a circle of junior Zionists, of which Robert
Silverman was the leader. Once I wrote for
The Boston Post
a more
or less humorous report of a theatrical enterprise in which Kallen
took the leading role, and perhaps he did not relish that article —
just as Harry A. Wolfsohn (they are both famous authors and
professors now) may not wish me to mention the verses he used to
write for the Boston dailies when he was a mere high school stu-
dent. Kallen, like Wolfsohn, Henry Hurwitz, Hyman Ashkowich,
and other Harvard men, wrote articles for
The Boston Transcript
and the future philosophers then did not scorn to write down to
the ordinary Boston intelligence. At a later period Isaac Goldberg,
translator and expert on the drama and on Spanish literature, with
many volumes to his name, wrote for
The Boston Evening Tran-
script
on some Jewish subjects which I had formerly treated, just
as Alexander Brinn took my place on
The Boston Post
to cover
news of special Jewish interest.
I t is a far cry from the Boston of those days to Cincinnati of
today. I never visited Cincinnati and have somehow missed the
Zionist conventions that were held in the erstwhile citadel of the
opposition, but my relations with the late Professor Gothard
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