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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
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Policy Reports. Neither strong, nor quite convincing, are the
arguments against a Jewish Palestine advanced by Elmer Berger
in
The Jewish dilemma
((New York, Devin-Adair, 1945), who
discusses the need and desire of the Jew, considered as a free man
among his fellowmen, and offers an examination of proposals,
from nationalistic Zionism to religious unity, for the alleviation
of his problems.
The Rev. Norman MacLean, the Chaplain-in-Ordinary to King
George VI in
His terrible swift sword
(New York, Christian Council
on Palestine, 1945) presents a frank criticism of the British
treatment of Jewish refugees seeking to enter Palestine. Pert inent
criticism is also contained in
An answer to Ernest Bevin
by Vladimir
Jabotinsky (New York, Bernard Ackerman, 1946). Though sub-
mitted as evidence in 1937, this publication is as timely as though
Mr. Jabotinsky had written it yesterday. I t fixes Britain’s
responsibility for the present muddle of the Palestine problem.
With attention again focused on British Middle Eas t policy the
republication of
The story of the Jewish legion
by Vladimir Jabo-
tinsky, translated by Samuel Latz with a foreword by Col. John
Henry Patterson, (New York, Bernard Ackerman, 1945) is likewise
timely. I t appeared at a time when the subject was of considerable
interest to Jews and non-Jews. I t is a narrative of the organization
and early work of the Jewish legion by its founder. His account
of the struggle for a national Jewish state in Palestine, from
1914-1919, is highlighted by the author’s personal recollections
and comes at a most opportune moment. Quite impressive are
the
Letters from the desert
by Moshe Mosenson, translated
from the Hebrew by Hilda Auerbach and edited with an intro-
duction by S. Grodzensky (New York, Sharon Books, Inc., 1945).
They were written by a Jewish soldier, in civilian life a farmer,
a member of a small agricultural community on the Judean plain —
to his wife, children and friends during the first three years of
the recent war. The writer is one of the many thousands whose
toil and courage have made the ancient dream of the Return take
on the shape and glow of life. An explanation of the theories
and trends of Zionist thinking is given by J. Mitchell Rosenberg
in
The story of Zionism
; a bird’s eye view, with a preface by
Ludwig Lewisohn (New York, Bloch, 1946). A comprehensive
compilation of the Palestinian arguments put forth by officials
of the British Empire, by Russian interests, by Pan-Arabs and
by the Zionists is offered by Julia Emily Johnson in her
Palestine;
Jewish homeland?
(New York, H. W. Wilson, 1946). I t is designed
as a handbook for debaters. Comprehensive, too, is
Education in
Palestine
, 1920-1945 by Noah Nardi (Washington, D. C., Zionist
Organization of America, 1945). I t presents a fine analysis of