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BLOCH ---- THE YEAR ’S BOOKSHELF
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a memoir of Israel Davidson (New York, Bloch, 1946).
While it presents no adequate appraisal of the achievements in
the field of learning of the first professor of mediaeval Hebrew
literature in the Jewish Theological Seminary of America nor of
his notable contributions to Jewish learning, there is much of the
personal, of the intimate, often of the delicate, aspects of the life
of a first rate scholar. Nor is it devoid of an account of the mani-
fold struggles and difficulties Dr. Davidson had to overcome before
he attained the high position in the world of scholarship. In
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salute you!,
an old world crumbling — a new world forming, with
a foreword by Reinhold Niebuhr (Cambridge, Sci-Art, 1945),
Boris Kader describes his experiences in, and reactions to, the
Russian Revolution, his life in Nazi Germany and his subsequent
adjustment in the United States. Similar in nature but richer in
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factual matter is
1From, a political diary
, Russia, the Ukraine and
America, 1905-1945 by Arnold D. Margolin (New York, Columbia
University Press, 1946). I t consists of memoranda of a life-time
spent as a witness and participant in Russian-American relations
by a Russian-born liberal lawyer, resident in this country since
1922.
Gustav Mahler
, memories and letters by Alma Marie Mahler,
translated by Basil Creighton (New York, Viking, 1946) is by the
former wife of the famous Jewish composer-conductor who towards
the end of his days was admitted into the Roman Catholic faith.
A “Chief Rabbi” of Rome becomes a Catholic
, a study in fright and
spite by Louis Israel Newman (New York, Renascence Press, 1945)
concerns itself with another apostate from Judaism. Dr. Newman
portrays the conversion of Israel Zolli, Rabbino Capo of Rome
against the background of his relations with the Jewish community
and the Catholic Church. In condemning Dr. Zolli’s conversion,
Rabbi Newman feels tha t it was an act of betrayal of the Jewish
people and faith and a blow to Zionism.
BOOKS ON JEWISH ART
Tha t there has been a steadily growing interest in Jewish art,
manifesting itself especially in recent years, can not be gainsaid.
Jewish artists and the products of their art are receiving greater
recognition now than ever before. I t is therefore not altogether
surprising to find tha t the literature about Jewish ar t and Jewish
artists is likewise on the increase. Dr. Franz Landsberger, Lee-
turer in Jewish art at the Hebrew Union College, is the author of
A history of Jewish art
(Cincinnati, Union of American Hebrew
Congregations, 1946), the first comprehensive treatment of the
subject now available in the English language. I t contains an