Page 74 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 38

Basic HTML Version

6 4
JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
these sources nourish an avid read ing public which comes from a
culture in which the television has not yet replaced the p r in ted
word, though tha t is beginning to happen in the cu lture to which
they have arrived.
T he dictionaries and language primers range from rep r in ts o f
the Soviet
Ivrit-Russki slovar
(Moscow, 1963) which has become a
collector’s item in the USSR, to the well-known Hebrew textbook
by Aharon Rosen,
E lef millim
(A Thou sand Words), to new dic­
tionaries and primers specially designed fo r the recent imm igra­
tion. T he re are even specialized dictionaries in natu ra l sciences,
medicine, and, most impo rtan t for the Israeli citizen, income tax
terminology. One o f the most valuable reference works is the
Russian version o f the
Encyclopedia Judaica,
which is not simply a
translation bu t an adap ta tion for the ex-Soviet citizen, and it will
ru n to six volumes. This work will be o f grea t use to Soviet em igres
outside o f Israel and possibly to Soviet readers as well. T h e re has
now appeared a bibliography o f
Russian Publications in Israel
,
compiled at the Hebrew University’s Cen tre for Research and
Documentation o f East-European Jewry by Zvi O fer and Israel
Rudnitski. It first appeared in English and will soon be available
in Russian, making it possible fo r Russian readers the world over
to gain an awareness o f this latest wave o f Russian-Jewish publica­
tion, a genre with a long and most distinguished tradition .
Over thirty titles have been published in the field o f Jewish
history so tha t the Russian reader can now survey Jewish history
from the earliest times to the p resen t day. T he emphasis is on
contemporary times, with the Holocaust and modern Israel oc­
cupying a place o f preem inence. Most o f the works are both
popu lar and partisan and are the re fo re likely to have a wide
audience, though Russian readers outside o f Israel may be p u t o ff
by the strong, overtly Zionist emphasis o f most o f the items.
Materials include Zionist classics (Ahad H a ’am, David Ben-
Gurion), rep rin ts o f early Soviet works on Jewish history (Lurie,
Nikolski), well-known popu lar Jewish histories (Cecil Roth, H .H .
Ben-Sasson), popu la r accounts o f Israel’s wars (the Kimches and
the Churchills, Zeev Schiff on the Yom K ippur war), and some
more partisan and exotic fare (e.g.,
Betar in China, 1929-1949:
Collection of Materials).
More than twice as many titles specifically
focussed on Israel and Zionism have been published than have
been published on Jewish history in general. Some o f these are
factual descriptions o f Israeli institutions, o f the economy and