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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
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America. In this delightful book a measure of worth-while knowl-
edge as to the role Jews played in the finding and making of this
country is made available in an attractive manner to young
readers. I t serves as a pioneer work in creating an interest among
the young in American Jewish history.
ZIONISM AND PALESTINE
No movement in modern Jewish life has done more to arouse
Jewish consciousness than Zionism. In the hope of establishing
in Palestine a Jewish commonwealth it strives after the restoration
of the Jewish people to its ancient national glory. Various elements
in Jewry, religious and secular, are united in a common effort
to give Jews the right to live as free men and as a free people on
their own land. Writers representing the interests and points of
view of all these elements are engaged in literary endeavors which
yield annually a goodly number of works from which one may
learn much of Zionism and of Palestine. Justice Jacob S. Strahl,
in his
Court for perpetual peace
(Brooklyn, N. Y., 1945), argues
in favor of Palestine as a free and democratic Jewish common-
wealth or state, while Meyer Edelbaum’s
The way tofreedom
(New
York, Bloch, 1944) offers a new exposition of the theory of Zionism.
In
Jews
,
unite
/, a divine message to the Jews all over the world
(New York, Mediator’s publisher, 1945), the author [Maurice
Swaab] calls for a powerful central Jewish body to achieve Jewish
national rehabilitation in Palestine. The American edition of
Ernst Frankenstein’s
Justicefor my people
(New York, Dial Press,
1945) is a work which appeared originally in London in 1943.
I t represents an international lawyer’s plea for the restoration of
Palestine to the Jewish people as the only solution of their problem
of homelessness. Ernest Main’s
Palestine at the crossroads
(New
York, Norton, 1944) offers an English newspaperman’s discussion
of the Arab-Jewish question. I t was originally published in Eng-
land in 1937. Henrik F. Infield, a sociologist who lived in Pales-
tine’s cooperative communities, in his
Cooperative living in Palestine
(New York, Dryden Press, 1944), tells how they actually function,
what the effects are on the personalities of their members, and
what guidance they offer for the future. He describes their eco-
nomic and social arrangements — family relations, education,
housing, social life, etc. Some of the same ground is covered in
his
Cooperative communities at work
(New York, Dryden Press,
1945). The revised edition of
The story of modern Palestine
(New
York, Bloch, 1945), well told for young people by Dorothy F.
Zeligs, includes sections of Palestine’s share in the war effort and