Page 13 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 5 (1946-1947)

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INTRODUCTION
By
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HE kind reception accorded to our previous
Jewish Book
Annuals
has encouraged us of the Jewish Book Council of
America to continue to offer these articles and reviews about
Jewish literary productivity. We hope tha t this, our fifth, printed
Annual
will prove as useful and informative as its predecessors.
The work being done by the Book Council is described else-
where in this volume. We know tha t it is an essential work and
the widespread and increasing cooperation given us by numerous
individuals and organizations all over the United States makes us
feel tha t our efforts are bearing fruit.
The year of comparative peace which has elapsed since the
appearance of the last
Annual
has made it possible to survey the
literary productivity of Jews in foreign lands. Several articles in
this volume are devoted to the enumeration and evaluation of
books which have been published and periodicals which have begun
to appear in the liberated countries of Europe. Other articles
describe the achievements in the field of Hebrew culture both in
Palestine and in the United States. All these articles at tes t to the
resiliency of the Jewish spirit and give us hope for the future
despite the horrors of the past and the bleakness of the present.
I t is well for the public to know the names of at least some of
the people who have given so much of their time and labor to the
work of the Jewish Book Council and in particular to the prepara-
tion of this volume. Philip Goodman comes first because he, as
Executive Secretary, has carried the major burden of its work.
The members of the Editorial Advisory Board have shown a rare
spirit of cooperation and helpfulness, especially in view of the fact
tha t they represent to some extent several cultural backgrounds
and a wide diversity of aims. Thanks is due to the editors of the
respective linguistic sections. We welcome in this issue a new
editor of the English Section. Mr. Abraham G. Duker, well known
as scholar, author and journalist, has taken over the editorship of
this
Annual
, after the plans had been already far advanced, be-
cause Mr. Louis Rittenberg who had self-sacrificingly and ably
edited the English Section for several years found it impossible
to continue.
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