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BLOCH ---- THE YEAR ’S BOOKSHELF
in the United States. A story of how prejudice was overcome
when a Jewish city boy came to work on a farm is told by Adam
Allen [pseudonym of Samuel Epstein and Beryl Williams] in
the
New Broome experiment
(Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1944),
while the story of a small town boy fighting prejudice in a New
York city high school is told in
Up at City High
, by Joseph Gol-
lomb (New York, Harcourt, Brace, 1945). The story of a nine
year old boy in Nazi-occupied Holland, who plays a part in rescu-
ing a Jewish child from the Gestapo, is told by Henrietta Van der
Haas in her
Orange on top
, illustrated by Lucille Wallover (New
York, Harcourt, Brace, 1945).
Few are the novels of Jewish interest in recent years which
are free of such subjects as intermarriage and prejudice. I t is
therefore refreshing to meet with some titles among novels which
deal with more wholesome aspects of Jewish experience. To these
belong Boris Todrin’s
Out of these roots
(Caldwell, Idaho, Caxton
Printers, 1944), which presents the story of Nicky Gordon and
his scholarly Russian Jewish family and their adjustment to life
in New York’s East Side, and Stephen Seley’s
The cradle willfa ll
(New York, Harcourt, 1945). The latter is a first novel about the
childhood of a sensitive young Jewish boy, culminating in his
emotional reaction to his mother’s death.
Till the boys come home
,
by Hannah Lees (New York, Harper, 1944), is the story of an
American wife’s experiences during the year that her husband
was in Africa with a medical unit. Dr. Sam Wolmuth, a Jewish
scientist who had been associated with her husband in research,
plays a prominent part in the novel. I t is well, indeed, that both
author and publisher saw fit to issue a revised and enlarged edition
of
What Danny did
, stories for the wee Jewish child, by Mrs. S. R.
Weilerstein with illustrations by Jessie Berkowitz Robinson (New
York, Bloch, 1944). I t is a classic in Jewish juvenile literature.
Delightful is the fantasy
Noah's shoes
, based on the story of the
deluge, by Max Fleischer, the well-known movie cartoonist (De-
troit, S. J. Bloch Pub. Co., 1944). To the meagre collection of
books on Jewish wit and humor was now added
An anthology of
Jewish humor and maxims
, compiled and translated by Elsa Teitel-
baum (New York, Pardes, 1945). I t contains popular Jewish
anecdotes, parables, fables, proverbs and related material.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO POETRY
Though the year’s output in the field of drama and verse had
been rather meagre, it offers some notable contributions to poetry.
Abraham M. Klein is the author of a remarkable volume of
Poems