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Sh. Niger has written the
Humor of Sholem Aleichem.
The article
deals with the works of Sholem Aleichem typified by the series,
Tevya the Milkman.
Niger holds that in Tevya can be seen the
range of Sholem Aleichem’s creativity.
Jewish National Themes in the Contemporary Yiddish Literature
of the Soviet Union
, by Sholem Stern, stresses the Jewish national
aspects as expressed by Soviet authors of fiction and poetry, in
consequence of Jewish sufferings and experiences during the recent
war.
The Jewish Press in Liberated Countries
, by S. Frydman-Szaj-
kowski, is an annotated bibliography of Jewish newspapers and
other publications that appeared in the recently liberated coun-
tries — France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Soviet Union, Italy,
Sweden, China and North Africa. The author of the article has
also highlighted the work of the underground Yiddish press in
formerly Axis-occupied countries. He points out that many Jewish
periodicals that had ceased publication during the war are now
appearing again. Mr. S. Frydman-Szaj kowski, as a member of
the 82nd U. S. Airborne Division in France, had, following the
Allied invasion, a first hand opportunity to study the underground
Jewish press. He reports that many publications are being issued
in France currently, as most of the printing presses there were not
destroyed.
Jewish Literary Creativity in South America
, by M. Yagupsky
is a fairly comprehensive review of the Jewish contributions in the
field of literature on that continent. Dr. Yagupsky presents an
evaluation of the contributions of South American Jewry to Latin-
American literature. He deals with Jewish literature in the Yiddish,
Hebrew and Spanish languages and calls attention to the several
Jewish publishing houses that are making a substantial contribu-
tion in the field. He pleads for a greater interest on the part of
North American Jewry in the spiritual lives of Jews in the southern
part of our hemisphere.
Abraham Raisin
, by Melech Ravitch, is a brief biography and
tribute to the distinguished Yiddish poet on the occasion of his
70th birthday. The article deals particularly with his contributions
to Yiddish poetry, fiction and memoirs. I t is significant to note
that many of Raisin’s poems have in our own times been recognized
as folk songs, so much so that the people who have adopted them
are enjoying them as such and are totally unaware of the fact that
they are the creations of a contemporary writer. Ravitch empha-
sizes that in whatever country Raisin resided he succeeded in ere-
ating a center for Yiddish culture.
The
Farlag Matones
of the
Sholem Aleichem Folks Institute
, the
oldest Yiddish communal publishing house, is described by Lipe