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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
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in print. In
The promise Hitler kept
, by Stefan Szende (New York,
Roy, 1945), one meets with the record of a Polish Jew who exper-
ienced the Russian occupation and the subsequent German inva-
sion of Poland, with its pogroms, from which he was one of the
few to escape. An eyewitness account of four years of German
terror and murder in what was the largest Jewish community in
Poland is contained in
Warsaw Ghetto
, a diary by Mary Berg,
edited by S. L. Shneiderman and translated by Norbert Guterman
and Sylvia Glass (New York, Fischer, 1945). In
A Year in Treb-
linka
, by Jankiel Wiernik, an inmate who escaped tells the day-
to-day facts of one year of his torturous experience (New York,
American representation of the General Jewish Workers’ Union
of Poland, 1944). I t is a gruesome story of life in a Nazi concen-
tration camp in Poland. The story of the German atrocities in
Warsaw and Jewish resistance to them culminating in the desper-
ate, gallant battle of the Ghetto against the German army, is
told by Henry Shoskes, based on eyewitness accounts and the
testimony of the Polish underground, in his
No traveler returns
,
edited with a prologue and an epilogue by Curt Riess (Garden
City, N. Y., Doubleday, 1945).
JEWISH HEROISM
Other stories of the heroism of individual Jews in World War II
are told by Mac Davis in his
Jews fight too!,
with illustrations by
Howard Simon (New York, Hebrew Publishing Co., 1945). In
Jewish Youth at War
, letters from American soldiers, edited by
Isaac E. Rontch (New York, Marstin Press, 1945), one meets
with the correspondence of 93 Jewish young men and women from
all parts of this country in the armed forces of the United States.
Children of Jewish immigrants, many of them have offered up
their lives so that democracy might prevail in Africa and Italy,
in France, Belgium and elsewhere. Their letters are revealing
in content; they offer details and tell of experiences often unpar-
alleled in records of patriotism. They will serve as extraordinary
documents bearing on the history of the present war. On the
other hand, Margaret Halsey (Mrs. Milton Reid Stern), in her
Some of my bestfriends are soldiers
(New York, Simon and Schuster,
1944), offers letters written by a young woman to her brother in
the army. These letters deal largely with race prejudices as he
meets it against the Negro in the South and as she encounters it
against the Jew in a servicemen’s canteen in the North. The
American Zionist Emergency Council did well in publishing an
American edition of
Soldiersfrom Judaea
, Palestinian Jewish units