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DAHM /JEW ISH PUBLISHING IN NAZI GERMANY
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I wish to demonstrate this with a story from the period of the
Third Reich, probably 1937:
“In a German village a few Jewish families still live, intimidated
and fearful, especially the children. One day there is a storm
outside. The children duck down in the corner. Then the little
sister says to the little brother: ‘You needn’t be afraid. Nothing
can happen to us. We do have God and the Torah and Schocken
books
.’”29
I believe that this little story shows in an exemplary way what
meaning Jewish books could have for Jewish people in these
dark times. If only a few thousand of them found emotional
consolation and internal strength through reading, the efforts
of the Jewish publishers would not have been in vain. In such
cases of existing interest they certainly succeeded in transform­
ing Jewish dreams into Jewish realities.
29 Supplied by Yehoshua Amir (reviewer), ‘Franz Rosenzweig: Der Mensch
und sein Werk, Briefe und Tagebucher,’ in
Freiburger Rundbrief Beitrage
zur christlich-jiidischen Begegnung,
31, no. 117/120 (1979).