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Canadian family and a young Jewish lawyer and the prejudice both
encounter.
Let us consider one another
by Josephine Lawrence (New
York, Appleton-Century, 1945), is a similar novel. I t is concerned
with the marriage of Cecilia Warren of a socially prominent Boston
family to Hyman Silverstein and of the prejudice it arouses. A
novel in which each of the many characters, Jewish refugees among
them, finds something in common with the others in love affairs,
hopes or despairs is
They change their skies
by Letitia Preston
Osborne (Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1945). The scene of this novel
is the Casa Lopez, a boarding house in Honduras, and the charac-
ters, whose lives are interwoven, are those who live there — owners,
guests, servants and visitors. They are all of different nationalities.
By the waters of Babylon
, by Stephen Lister (pseud.) (New York,
Dodd, Mead, 1945), is a novel laid in North Africa and England,
which deals with the problem of David Salmon, son of Yusef ben
Salomon, a Moroccan Jew, talented and proud, between whom and
the English society with whom he is thrown in contact exists an im-
passable gulf.
The Terhoven file
, by Robert Pick (Philadelphia,
Lippincott, 1944), is a novel concerning a search by Gestapo
agents for Stefan Simon, a Jewish lawyer from Vienna whose flight
across Europe and the file of important anti-Nazi documents he
once had handled incriminating a high Nazi official change the
lives of his friends and even mere acquaintances in America,
England, Austria and France. I t is a restrained but powerful
novel of the realization of war and Nazi inhumanity as it came
to the exiles who fled and the men who helped them get out.
Robert Neumann, whose
By the waters of Babylon
, which appeared
some five years ago, failed to win the success it deserved, although
it was one of the most powerful and savage studies yet written
about the flight of the Jews of Europe and the mutual animosities
and different cultural heritages which always refute all charges
that the Jews are a unified people, issued a subtle and rather
arresting novel,
The inquest
(New York, Dutton, 1945), dealing
with Bibiana Tatjana Santis, an enigmatic woman refugee in
England, the daughter of a Russian-Jewish singer and an Italian
countess who spent most of her adult life fighting fascism. There
is an overall preoccupation with the tragedy of exile that is quite
moving.
The impact of fascism upon the Jews has its echo in the fiction
of the day.
In secret battle
, a novel by Lawrence Lipton (New
York, Appleton-Century, 1944), deals with some young people,
among them Irving Freeman, a Jewish industrialist, who risk
their lives in an attempt to fight the forces of organized fascism