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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
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tongue, is contained in
Mother goose rhymes fo r Jewish children
by
Sara G. Levy (New York, Bloch, 1945).
A masque of reason
by
Robert Frost (New York, Holt, 1945) is a short verse play dealing
with the Job story in a spirit of good middle-of-the-road grass-
roots conservatism in which many asides on present-day matters
appear. Frost, like many text critics of the Bible, deletes Elihu,
though a character worthy of the attention of any modern poet.
Frost has a strong belief in Job ’s kind of individualism. His God
is thrifty, crafty and non-experimental. He reduces Satan to what
he calls a “ Sapphire wasp,” and an emaciated one at that . He
makes Evil a rather slight and annoying malicious force.
Home
of the brave
by Arthur Laurents, foreword by Robert Garland
(New York, Random, 1946) is the text of the recent Broadway
play about a battle-shocked and prejudice-scared Jewish soldier.
THE JEWS IN EUROPE
The welfare of the Jews in Europe is now of primary concern
to all who are interested in the fate of the Jews everywhere. Their
horrible experiences during the years of the Nazi regime in Ger-
many and especially during the days of the war are recounted
almost daily in articles and news reports which appear in magazines
and newspapers. To these must be added a goodly number of
volumes in which testimony of eye witnesses are recorded and the
experiences and lucky escapes of victims are described. Among
such volumes which appeared during the year
The black book
,
the Nazi crime against the Jewish people (New York, Duell,
Sloan and Pearce, 1946) takes the lead. I t claims to be the most
complete account of the German efforts to exterminate the Jews
of Europe. I t is a documented story with one hundred illustra-
tions, testimony, and official records of the German annihilation
of 6,000,000 Jews in Europe. I t also tells of the courageous deeds
of resistance movements. The volume was compiled through the
cooperation of four leading world Jewish organizations. An ac-
count of the sufferings endured by a block of Polish-Jewish
internees in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, told by one
of the survivors, is contained in
Experiment
a report from
an extermination laboratory by Leon Szalet [translated by
Catharine Bland Williams] (New York, Didier, 1946). The reac-
tion of fair-minded non-Jews to the mistreatment of Jews by
Christians is often vigorously expressed in words sympathetic and
understanding. An echo of tha t reaction finds its way into the
literature of the day. Charles Odie, a Catholic physician from
Britanny, is one of the few Christians who was moved not merely