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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
88
of this work, the first complete personal record to be published in English
about the ghetto of Warsaw.
The greatest tragedy of all time, the most horrible tale of cold-blooded
mass murder, the unbelievable record of the destruction of a people is
gradually, piece by piece, being revealed and unfolded before our eyes.
What seemed to many, both Jew and non-Jew, to be exaggeration and
propaganda, must now be recognized —with the publication of such
documents and the Russian occupation of Poland — as exacting truth.
What can one say, what can one reel, what can one do in the face of the
impossible? Human imagination shrinks before this reality of realities;
and with the turning of the pages of this diary, over and over again the
words “incredible, inconceivable, unbelievable,” hover before the mind
and blur the very words on the sheet.
No human soul, no human heart could tell the story of the Warsaw
Ghetto by viewing its remains. The reading of
The Warsaw Ghetto
will
never be considered a pleasant experience, but every word between its
covers is a part of the chastisement that the true freedom-loving mind
requires to sharpen its purpose and to realize its mission.
— S . D r e s n e r i n
The Hebrew Union College Monthly
The Lion Rampant.
By Louis
de
J
ong
and
J
o s e p h
W. F.
S
t o p p e l
-
m a n
. Q
u e r i d o
,
1943. 386 pages. $3.00.
Holland was invaded by Germany in May, 1940; Dutch resistance
was heroic but fruitless. Queen Wilhelmina and her cabinet escaped to
England where the government-in-exile, working closely with the Dutch
underground has been aiding the United Nations valiantly for more than
three years.
The story of this second phase of Dutch resistance to the Nazis is
now told jointly by an escaped Dutch journalist and the director of the
press department of the Netherlands Information Bureau in New York.
Hat off to the stubborn Dutch! The dramatic description of Dutch suffer-
ing and resistance, which may cause some readers to weep, is divided
into 16 chapters; one of them “Slaughter of the Innocents” is devoted
to the plight of the Dutch Jews. If it took the Nazis almost two years
to reduce them completely to the status of pariahs while accomplishing
the same end in Poland in as many weeks, it was because of the almost
unanimous rejection of Jew-baiting by the Dutch people.
We will never forget the students of the Technical College of Delft,
who staged a mass protest against the ousting of Jewish professors; the
Rector Magnificus of the University of Leyden Cleveringa, who was
thrown into a concentration camp because he had protested publicly
against the dismissal of the famous jurist, Meyers; the Dutch clergy who
preached tyenly against anti-Semitism; and the Dutch civilians who,
when the Jewish yellow badge was introduced, showed their sympathy
for the Jews by wearing large yellow flowers. Indeed, the Dutch consider
the Jews their brethren and they take pride in Spinoza, in the writers
Israel Querido and Herman Heijermans, and the artists Joseph Israels
and Mendes da Costa.
By the time
The Lion Rampant
^־as published, many Dutch Jews had
already died in the sulphur mines of Mauthausen, Austria, or in the
ghettos of Eastern Europe. But the Dutch continue their glorious fight