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KABAKOFF / INTRODUCTION
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ern Hebrew writing and points to the role o f the Jewish writer in
combatting the disintegration o f the family framework.
Roger S. Kohn’s survey o f Jewish publishing in France presents
recent data on the extent o f French Jewish literary productivity.
At the same time, it points up the problem o f identifying its spe­
cific Jewish character. Lothar Kahn has provided a valuable p e r ­
spective for considering the relationship o f Jewish writers to gen­
eral literature. He has utilized the anniversaries o f Lion
Feuchtwanger, Max Brod and Jakob Wasserman to evaluate their
contributions to German letters and to indicate the marked dif­
ferences in the ir responses to the ir Jewishness and the Jewish des­
tiny.
Joseph Lowin has dealt with George Steiner’s novel,
The Portage
o San Cristobal ofA.H
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work, which has aroused controversy on both sides o f the
Atlantic, he considers the question whether it can be considered a
faithful response to the Holocaust. An overview o f the literary
career o f Elie Wiesel, whose many works are seen as stages in his
development as a witness to the events o f the Holocaust, is p re­
sented by Ellen S. Fine.
Sholom J. Kahn’s discussion o f Bialik’s poetry, occasioned by a
recent bilingual edition o f some o f the poet’s work, takes into
account the new literary criticism which has served to highlight
the au tho r ’s continuing presence in Hebrew letters.
In his Hebrew article, devoted to Izhak Ben-Zvi on the occasion
f the hund re th anniversary o f his birth, G. Kressel has described
he blending o f interests represen ted by the career o f the second
president o f Israel, who combined a lifetime o f communal activity
ith research into the history o f the Yishuv and its various ethnic
roups. Israel Knox offers in his Yiddish article an appreciation
f the role o f the late Chaim Grade not only as a poet but also as a
ortrayer in prose o f the Mussar movement.
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T he centenaries o f the birth o f Zevi Scharfstein and David
ergelson serve as the occasion for special articles by Meir Ben-
orin and Susan A. Slotnick respectively. Ben-Horin has encom­
assed Scharfstein’s work not only as educator and historian o f
ewish education but also as Hebrew lexicographer and essayist.
lotnick has presented an analysis o f Bergelson’s artistry as a nov­