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MARK — AMONG RECENT YIDDISH BOOKS
contribution is the only Yiddish drama tha t appeared last year,
(the drama has always been a stepchild of Jewish writing) —
Leivick’s
Maharam fun Rothnberg
(Maharam of Rothenberg). I t
is a dramatic poem in seven scenes which forges present and past
Jewish suffering into one chain. I t depicts the struggle between
Jewish spirit and Gentile strength and deals with the mystery of
Jewish history. (God’s living witness is compelled to demonstrate
tha t the strength of justice is greater than the injustice of strength.
The witness is aware that , so far, he has failed to demonstrate
this thesis.) This new drama of Leivick belongs among his most
significant works. This year produced but this one drama worthy
of mention, but it is one tha t will be long remembered.
Not much appeared in the field of literary criticism and literary
history. There was a reprint of M. Viner’s
Geshikhte fun der
Yiddisher Literatoor in 19 Yorhoondert
(History of Yiddish Litera-
ture in the 19th Century) published by IKUF. The same publish-
ing house issued Nachman Meisel’s
Forgaier un Mitzeitler
(Fore-
runners and Contemporaries). H. Gold published a monograph
on Zishe Landau. There was also published Eliyahu Shulman’s
Young Wilno 1929-1939
, dedicated to the memory of Falk Hal-
pern, the well-known Wilno educator and writer.
COLLECTIONS OF ESSAYS
The journalistic field was much more productive this year. Two
large collections of the essays of two deceased writers who had
occupied divergent positions in Jewish life were published. Shloime
Grodzensky of the
Yiddisher Kempfer
(we certainly should not
fail to note the special holiday editions of this publication) edited
a collection of essays and speeches of Berl Katznelson, the de-
ceased labor leader in Palestine and editor of
Davar.
C. S. Kazdan
compiled the Selected Writings of A. Litwak, thirteen years after
the death of the spokesman of the nationally minded elements
within the Bund. A. Litwak, incidentally, played a constructive
role in the development of the ideological basis for the Yiddish
schools of the Workmen’s Circle.
J. N. Steinberg’s
Gelebt un Gekholemt in Oustralye
(I Lived and
Dreamed in Australia) provides interesting reading. The author
Bialostotzky, Meyer Segal and A. Fried-Weiningen; in the section devoted to the
writings of the martyred and deceased authors— poems by: Itzkhok Katzenelson,
Israel Stern, Joseph Kirman, Laiser Wolf, Yekhiel Lehrer, S. Rossin, M. Khasche-
vatsky and J. Gotlib; short stories by: S. Miller, L. Traister and the late Borukh
Glazman and Bella Chagal; essays by: Menahem Ribalow, A. Tabatchnick,
Nachman Meisel, C. S. Kazdan, S. Bickel and J. Shatzky.