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STARKMAN ---- AMONG THE RECENT YIDDISH BOOKS
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than one history of literature was written last year. This one
book is K. Marmor’s
The Beginning of Yiddish Literature in
America
(YKUF Pub., 136 pp.), a work which relates in greai
detail the beginnings of Jewish literature in the American press
between 1870 and 1890.
In bibliography, American Jewish literature gained much by
a great work: Bertchi Vitkovitz’s
Yehoash
(Pub., A. Cohen, Cleve-
land, 407 pp.), which records both all that the poet and Bible
translator has produced himself, as well as all that was written
about him until 1937.
In the desk drawers of Jewish writers can be found dramas in
manuscript, fragments of which are printed from time to time in
literary journals. But in 1944 there appeared only one dramatic
work: H. Frummer’s
The Haman of Hamans
(Pub., “America,”
158 pp.), a play about the present Jewish catastrophe written in
the style and form of the old Jewish Purim plays.
In the field of Jewish history, Jewish literature was enriched
last year by the following four valuable works: Dr. Joseph Kus-
man’s
Studies in the History of Rumanian Jews in the 19th and
Beginning of the 20th Century
(Pub., YIVO, 118 pp.); I. Lifshitz’s
Generations Tell
(Pub., “Matanoth,” 404 pp.), an anthology of
Jewish historical documents from the year 362־ to 1848), Saul
Ginsburg’s
Old Petersburg
(Ziko Pub., 262 pp.), and the second
volume of the
History of the Jewish Workers Movement in the United
States
, edited hy the late historian, A. Tcherikover (Pub., YIVO,
520 pp., richly illustrated). The second volume covers the period
between 1880 and 1890.
The fifth volume of the
General Encyclopedia
(Pub., Dubnov-
Fund, in Ziko, 559 pp.) belongs to a different category. I t contains
general and Jewish information beginning with
Arcadia
and
ending with
Baale Hayim.
The pamphlets of Zalman Zilber-
zweig’s
Lexicon of the Jewish Theater
belong to a similar category.
In 1944 there were added to autobiographical literature a few
very important works. There appeared: R. Abromovitz’s
In Two
Revolutions
(Pub., “Arbeiter Ring,” 2 volumes, 758 pp.), a work
in which the author describes the role of the Jew and non-Jew
in the two periods of Russian revolution; Joseph Rumshinsky’s
Echoes of My Life
(Pub., A. I. Biderman, 832 pp.), which contains
interesting material on the history of Jewish music and on the
Jewish theater abroad and in the United States; I. I. Trunk’s
Poland
(Pub., “Madam Club,” 252 pp.), a description of Jewish
Hassidic life in Poland at the end of the 19th century. Present
war-torn, bloody Poland is given prominence in Dr. H. Shoshkes’
Pages of a Diary
(130 pp.) and the second volume of Osip Dymov’s
What I Remember
(Ziko Pub., 312 pp.).