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RITTENBERG ----CRITICS SAY
admirable. But his book would have profited by a more compact sucrt-
ture and a more readily discernible argumentative drift.
In a final section, which he calls the “Renaissance of a People,” Dr.
Liptzin deals with writers who have advocated a “ national humanism”
for the Jewish mind. Here, I think, he makes rather too much of Gustav
Landauer and leaves unmentioned others who, like Geiger, have earned
and merited attention. Yet his essays on Beer-Hoffman and Martin
Buber are thoughtful and also moving, stirring portraits of men who
have recovered, if indeed they may be said ever to have lost, pride in
their heritage while not lessening their enthusiasm for the humanistic
enterprise upon which the reconstruction of our world so greatly depends.
There are vacant spaces in Dr. Liptzin’s panorama (he does not, for
instance, deal with Karl Kraus, as brilliant a pamphleteer as Vienna ever
knew), and his discussion of the Jews who adopt Christianity seems a
bit myopic. But Mr. Liptzin has approached his subject with knowledge
and intelligent sympathy.
— G e o r g e
N.
S h u s t e r
in
Herald Tribune
Justice for My People.
By
E
r n s t
F
r a n k e n s t e i n
.
New York,
D
ial
P
r e s s
,
1944. 208 pages. $2.50.
Ernst Frankenstein, an international lawyer of great repute, and also
a Jew, has taken the pains to delve into the legal, international aspects
of the Jewish problem.
The legal aspects of the Jewish problem are multitudinous. The most
pressing problem now is to rescue what Jews are left in Europe. Dr.
Frankenstein’s approach to the problem is not new — it follows the gen-
eral Zionist trend of thought. Homelessness is the cause of the unnatural
condition of the Jewish people today; the problem will only be relieved
when they are once again established on their own soil, as the Jewish
Nation. The essence of the difference between this and other pronounce-
ments of Zionist sympathy is its legalistic approach.
— E d i e S e m a t
in
Furrows
David Woljjsohn
,
HerzFs Successor.
B y E
mil
B
e r n h a r d
C
o h n
.
Washington,
D . C . , Z
io n i s t
O
rgan i za t io n
of
A
m e r i ca
,
1944. 281
pages.
$
2.50.
I f Theodore Herzl is a great figure in Jewish history because of the
strong impulse he gave the national renaissance of his people, inseparable
from his greatness and achievements is his friend David Wolffsohn, who
helped to direct and bridle his bold ideas.
With Wolffsohn as collaborator, Herzl founded the first official organ
for the Zionist movement in Vienna, and organized the first Zionist
Congress.
Wolffsohn accompanied Herzl in his travels in Europe and the Near
East and advised and encouraged him. When Herzl died, weakened by
the many fights and bitter disappointments which met his pioneer efforts