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tion costs, and Juda ica has benefited from the general growth o f
publishing in France.
Since Jewish fiction cannot be isolated from the general litera­
tu re listings, no definitive evaluation o f the production o f this
genre, and thus o f the overall Judaica production itself, is possi­
le. T he general consensus o f my responden ts is that the total
p roduction is on the rise. Roger Berg estimates it at as high as 400
titles a year, but were this the case, French production would be
qual to that o f the USA. Berg’s estimate, therefo re , is too liberal.
In the
AmericanJewish Year Book
for 1969, Mandel stated tha t the
ear 1968 “set a record for the number o f publications touching
irectly or indirectly on Jewish affairs.” In his response to ou r
uestionnaire, he indicated that “Jewish titles are increasing.” He
oes not cite a specific number for new titles, but points ou t that
the numbe r o f Jewish writers is growing. I f I were to hazard an
stimate o f the total yearly production, I would pu t it at between
125-175 new titles. On the basis o f my own observations, I would
agree with Mandel and Berg that the production is increasing.
As importan t as the overall production is the distribution by
ubject. According to Mandel, few Jewish historical studies are
eing published. Yet Roger E rrera, editor at Calman-Levy, main­
ains that French Jewish History, especially o f the recent past, has
layed a major role in arousing interest in Jewish publications
mong French readers. Anne-Claude Gugenheim notes tha t the
ew Holocaust literature in French, consisting largely o f memoirs
nd essays on racial persecution, constitutes a genre per se. O th ­
rs do not separate ou t titles on the Holocaust from the general
tudies on anti-Semitism.
A difference o f opinion is seen also regard ing the place of
orks on Israel. Gugenheim considers this a leading category.
rre ra states that while the demand for books on Israel is
rowing, such titles do not play a key role similar to that o f French
ewish history. According to Mandel as well, books on Israel have
“very limited role.”
Sociological and philosophical works on the Jewish question
ave always occupied a primary position. Non-Jewish authors,
oo, have played an active part in this field. Jewish contributions,
owever, were seen mainly in translated works until the advent o f
he “New Philosophers” movement.6 T he Jewish-Christian dia-