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ical Seminary Library is a Hebrew letter from Dr. Chasanowitz
thanking Deinard for his help. In 1899 Deinard had published
an appeal for books in the American Hebrew weekly
in which he asked that books for the Jerusalem library be sent
to various collection points. He indicated that he himself had
already dispatched 1,000 books to Palestine.
A second figure who contributed to the realization of the Jew­
ish national library idea was Dr. Heinrich Loewe, an active Zi­
onist and a librarian at the Berlin University. He was responsible
for developing the guiding principles for the future Jewish na­
tional library and published a brochure outlining his views. He
advocated the utilization of scientific library methods and be­
lieved that libraries should serve both the interests of academic
research and the broad public. He also assisted Dr. Chasanowitz
in the task of collecting books. Eventually he made aliyah in
1933 and was appointed librarian of the Shaar Zion Library
in Tel Aviv.
Schidorsky’s book provides not only an authoritative account
of the development of the Jewish national library idea, but ex­
plores fully the ideological aspects of his subject. The book is
to be welcomed for uncovering an eventful chapter in the cul­
tural history of Israel.
Our profound thanks go to our contributors who have en­
riched our volume with their articles and studies. The seven
bibliographies, which offer listings of our literary output in
America, England and Israel, cover broadly the period of April
15, 1989 to April 15, 1990. The additional bibliographical sur­
veys by Ida Cohen Selavan and Tom L. Freudenheim had to
meet an earlier deadline and could therefore not include a
number of items.
We again express our appreciation to the JCC Association for
sponsoring the activities and publications of the Jewish Book
Council. We are pleased to acknowledge the support of the Lucius
N. Littauer Foundation and the contributions of the Jacob and
Hilda Blaustein Foundation, the Morris J. and Betty Kaplun
Foundation, the I. Edward Kiev Foundation, the Joseph
Meyerhoff Fund, and the Irving and Bertha Neuman Founda­