Page 24 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 5 (1946-1947)

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play in the solution of the problem. This and similar subjects are
discussed from the point of view of Orthodox Judaism by several
writers in
Israel of tomorrow
, edited by the Rev. Dr. Leo Jung
(New York, Herald Square Press, 1946), which represents a com-
pilation of contributions by twenty-one writers arranged under
such headings as Religion, Anti-Semitism, Law, The Arts, Science,
Palestine, Poland and America. A sane discussion by an English-
man of the effects of anti-Semitism on Jews and non-Jews is
contained in
An enemy of the people: anti-Semitism
, by James
Parkes (New York, Penguin Books, 1946). Actually, it is a British
statement on the position of the Jewish minority in the world
today and a psychological analysis of anti-Semitism. A provoca-
tive presentation of the same subject is offered by Sholem Asch
in his
One destiny
; an epistle to the Christians, translated by
Milton Hindus (New York, Putnam, 1945). I t is a vigorous in-
dictment of tha t par t of the Christian world which is anti-Semitic
and therefore anti-Christian. Asch is of the belief tha t by recogniz-
ing their common religious heritage Christian and Jew can achieve
salvation. A documented account of
An international convention
against anti-Semitism
by Mark Vishniak was issued by the Re-
search Ins ti tute of the Jewish Labor Committee (New York,
1946). I t presents a study of anti-Semitism in its world aspects;
a consideration of the apparent conflict between free expression
of opinion and the suppression of anti-Semitism and a proposed
international convention to outlaw anti-Semitism. A convincing
argument tha t the workingman has no friend in anti-Semitism is
presented by Charles B. Sherman in his
Labor s enemy
(New York, Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith,
1945), while the legal aspects of anti-Semitism are discussed by
George J. Mintzer and Newman Levy in
The International anti-
Semitic conspiracy
(New York, American Jewish Committee,
1946). To disprove the legend of Jewish cowardice Ralph Nun-
berg, in his
The Fighting Jew;
introduction by Curt Riess, (New
York, Creative Age, 1945) traces incidents of collective and in-
dividual Jewish heroism and resistance to oppression ffom the story
of Moses to the battle of the Warsaw ghetto. Several publications
which tend to create bet ter understanding among divergent
groups were issued during the year. They include such works as
World order
: its intellectual and cultural foundations; a series of
addresses edited by Frederick Ernest Johnson, (New York, Harper,
1945). I t presents an interfaith symposium of ideas, practical and
theoretical, toward the formation of a working international
One Nation
by Wallace Stegner and the editors of
(Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1945) offers a picture and text
presentation of the problem of status of minorities, among them