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Reviews of some important books of the year culled
from various periodicals
b y
i t t e n b e r g
No Traveler Returns.
B y H
e n r y
h o s k e s
b y C
e i s s
New York,
o u b l e d a y
, D
o r a n
1945. 267 pages.
I f all this had happened in an American city — let us say New York
or Chicago or Washington — even America’s proto-fascist press would
have been outraged.
I f half a million American Jews had been caged in a ghetto by a ten-
foot stone wall topped by broken glass, and then had been systematically
starved, beaten, tortured and murdered to the last baby it would have
made the headlines of every newspaper every day.
The next time a friend of yours utters Goebbels-inspired comment,
offer to buy him a copy of
No Traveler Returns
based on the overwhelming
evidence brought out of Poland by Dr. Henry Shoskes, who was general
manager of the Central Co-operative Bank in Warsaw when the Germans
opened their blitz against their peaceful Polish neighbor.
Ironically, in April, 1943, while the contemptible delegates were in
session a t the farcical Bermuda conference on refugees, the 40,000 Jews
still alive out of the 500,000 walled up in the Ghetto began their last-
ditch stand. The Germans brought tanks, planes and finally heavy
artillery and frontline troops to wipe out what remained of the Jews.
And the Jews fought house by flaming house, killing and wounding
literally thousands of the well-armed enemy. They fought until the last
man, woman and child were dead.
The battle of the Warsaw Ghetto, like the defense of Stalingrad, is
one of the great epics of this war. I t has found worthy — almost classic-
form in
No Traveler Returns.
— S
t e r l i n g
New York Post
The Warsaw Ghetto.
a ry
e r g
New York, L.
B . F
i s c h e r
u b l i s h i n g
o r po r a t i o n
1945. 235 pages.
“The term ‘ghetto’ itself is a Nazi lie, for there can be no comparison
between the Warsaw ghetto and others created by the Nazis in Poland,
and the medieval ghettos, whose walls occasionally served as a protection
to the Jews who lived within them. From the beginning, the modern
ghettos served the enemy as deatfttraps.” Thus comments the editor *