Page 36 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 5 (1946-1947)

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discusses Judaism, its eternity and why he shall always remain
a Jew. “A Jew’s religion,” he says, “ is par t of his make-up. I t ’s
something in his blood . . . . His religion is the Jew’s expression
of wha t’s in him. I t is the true inwardness of the man. I t ’s his
instinct and his life’s directive.” Some striking documentary
support of all the testimony given in the writings of victims of and
eye-witnesses to the untold suffering of Jews under the Nazi heel
is available in
Hitler s professors
, the par t of scholarship in Ger-
many’s crimes against the Jewish people by Max Weinreich [trans-
lated from the Yiddish] (New York, Yiddish Scientific Insti tute ,
1946). I t offers in detail the story of the early flirtations and later
marriage between the Nazi movement and the professors. All the
pertinent facts are related and interpreted with the aid of ample
quotations and photostatic proof of documentation. In brief,
it presents an indictment of German scholars for collaborating in
Hitler’s anti-Semitic ideology and for otherwise debasing their
scholars’ heritage.
Rather disappointing is the year’s output in the field of biog-
raphy. Nor have there appeared any notable collections of
memoirs. Interesting recollections of the political life of an English
liberal statesman is contained in
Grooves of change
, a book of
memoirs by Viscount Herbert Louis Samuel (Indianapolis, Bobbs-
Merrill, 1946). The English edition appeared in London in 1945
under the title
Memoirs yimpressario
is a work in which S. Hurok,
with the help of Ru th Goode (New York, Random House, 1946)
sets down a record of failures and successes as an impressario.
Hurok, the Jewish immigrant from Ukraine has, over the last
four decades, been bemused by Pavlova, beggared by Chaliapin
and bewitched by Isadora Duncan. In tha t span of time he has
been an enthusiastic and determined importer of divas and adagio
dancers, bassos and ballerinas and a great and confusing variety
of other talented eccentrics who pay homage to Narcissus. The
book is overflowing with anecdotes of the brightest stars of the
Out of this century
, the informal memoirs of Peggy Guggen-
heim [Mrs. Max Ernst] (New York, Dial Press, 1946) contain
casual and inclusive recollections of a “ gilt-edged-childhood,” a
Bohemian existence in Europe and years spent in collecting and
supporting modern art. “ In this work,” says a competent re-
viewer, “ she characterizes, with a few neat strokes of the mallet,
all Guggenheims — the copper clan.” To the realm of personal
memoirs belongs also Mrs. Carrie Davidson’s
^Out of endless yearn-