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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
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biblical story of the prophet Jonah is contained in Paul Goodman’s
The facts of life
(New York, Vanguard Press, 1945). Psycho-
logically significant because of the role anti-Semitism plays in it
is
Focus
a novel by Arthur Miller (New York, Reynal and Hitch-
cock, 1945). I t describes, rather vividly, the bewilderment, hur t
and terror of a Gentile taken for a Jew in a hate-filled, anti-
Semitic section of Queens in New York City. Anti-Semitism
certainly plays its horrible role in not a few of the novels tha t deal
with Jewish experience upder the Nazi yoke. A simple story of
the persecution of a Jewish couple by the Gestapo in Nazi Germany
is the
Day of wrath
by Philip Child (Boston, Bruce Humphries,
1945). Most of the
Short storiesfrom fa r and near
by Lion Feucht-
wanger (New York, Viking, 1945) deal with European fascism
and dictatorship. In
The glory of Elsie Silver
by Louis Golding
(New York, Dial Press, 1946) we have the story of an English
ex-cabaret singer, who although she was for a time married to a
Nazi general finally redeems herself by reaffirming her Jewishness
and by active participation in the fight for her heritage in the
Warsaw ghetto. In
The prisoner
by Erns t Lothar, translated
from the German by James A. Galston (Garden City, N. Y.,
Doubleday-Doran, 1945) one meets with the aged physician
Dr. Max Loewenfeld, a lovely Jewish character who had become
a victim of Nazi brutality in Vienna. Despite the fact tha t he is
identified as “His Excellency, His Majesty’s Privy Councilor,
professor in ordinary at the university, member of the Academy
of Sciences, member of the Upper House, Commander of the
Order of Franz Joseph” he is subjected to numerous indignities.
In the novel he appears as the symbol
par excellence
of the victims
of injustice and oppression. I t is through his words tha t the
novelist presents the moral teachings which he seeks to convey.
Six of them
by Alfred Newmann, translated from the German by
Anatol Murad (New York, Macmillan, 1945) is a novel in which
the Munich trial of six people, four of them university students,
establishes their guilt in the distribution of anti-Nazi pamphlets
and, by reviewing their lives, shows why each had the impulse
and strength to fight Nazism. Ben Field’s
Piper Tompkins
(Garden City, N. Y., Doubleday-Doran, 1946) is a novel dealing
with inter-group relations in a Ford factory in Hartford, Conn.
Farewell my heart
by Ferenc Molnar; translated by Elinor Rice
(New York, Simon and Schuster, 1945) is a story of the romance
between a middle-aged Hungarian Jewish journalist and a young
dancer whom he meets while journeying to the United States.
In land of the innocent
, a fine novel by Madeleine Kent (New York,
Harper, 1945, depicts the life of a group of intellectuals in pre-
war England. The unhappily married heroine is strengthened