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BLOCH ---- THE YEAR ’S BOOKSHELF
and distribution of the newly revised edition of the second volume
of the
Union Prayer Book
(Cincinnati, 1945), in which the com-
plete text of Kol Nidre reappeared after its exclusion from the
Jewish Reform ritual for now a little more than a century.
BIOGRAPHICAL LITERATURE
What history does for a nation or a group biography does for
an individual. I t presents the facts and offers an appraisal of
the life and work of a person. Memoirs, while usually autobio-
graphical, are often rich in material of value to both history and
biography. The year’s output of Jewish books has not been with-
out its share of publications within this category of literature.
Dr. Emil Bernhard Cohn’s fine biography of
David Wolfsohn,
Herzl’s successor, translated into English by Joseph Leftwich
(Washington, D. C., Zionist Organization of America, 1944), con-
tains the story of the Lithuanian Jew who became a successful
timber merchant in Cologne and devoted his life, work and wealth
to the cause of Zionism.
Edmond de Rothschild
, by Isaac Naiditch
(Washington, D. C., Zionist Organization of America, 1945) is a
biography of a philanthropist whose practical interest in the wel-
fare of Palestine inspired others to emulate the example he set
in giving practical aid to Jewish endeavors in that country.
Chaim
Weizmann
, statesman, scientist, builder of the Jewish common-
wealth, edited by Meyer W. Weisgal, with a foreword by Felix
Frankfurter (New York, Dial Press, 1944), presents a collection
of tributes by world-famous authors on the occasion of the sev-
entieth birthday of the present head of the Zionist movement.
In the volume are incorporated selections from his writings and
addresses. In
Bernard Baruch
, park bench statesman, Carter Field
offers the life story of a great American financier who has served
his country well during two wars and who has been a friend and
advisor of several presidents (New York, McGraw-Hill, 1944).
In
Einstein
, an intimate study of a great man (Garden City, N. Y.,
Doubleday, 1944), his former son-in-law, Dimitri Marianoff, and
Palma Wayne offer an informal biography of the great mathe-
matician and physicist.
Freud
, master and friend of Hans Sachs
(Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1944), is an effort at an
objective portrait of the founder of modern psychoanalysis by
the only living member of his original circle of friends who studied
and experimented together. Sigmund Freud is also the subject
of an essay by Dr. Israel S. Wechsler in his
The neurologist*s point
of view
(New York, Fischer, 1945), a work in which, among other
things, the author discusses such subjects as the psychiatric sources