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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
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is the leader of the Freeland League and tried to realize his Kim-
berley project in Australia. Mention must also be made of
S. Niger’s small brochure
Unzer Rekht tsu Hobm Sfaikes
(Our
Right to Doubt) in which the well-known literary critic sharply
opposes those who had excommunicated Rabbi Mordecai M.
Kaplan.
Friendly historiography and memoirs are to be found in Joseph
Kahan’s “The Jewish Anarchist Movement,” which was published
in Philadelphia. Just before his death J. Chaikin completed his
contribution to the 75 year history of the Yiddish press in America
in his book
Yiddishe Bleter in America
(Yiddish Press in America).
L. Spizman edited the anthology
A Fertl Yorhoondert Histadrus
(A Quarter Century of the Histadruth) a volume that is partly
history and partly journalism, a method that is common when
dealing with the recent past of one’s own movement. Driven by
the desire to perpetuate that which was destroyed or forgotten,
Rabbi J. Grinwald published in Columbus, Ohio, the volume
Toiznt Yor Yiddish Lebn in Ungarn
(A Thousand Years of Jewish
Life in Hungary). The motives that compel so many
landsman-
schaften
to publish memorial volumes concerning their communities
is quite understandable. I t is regrettable though that these vol-
umes are frequently compiled too hastily, without the requisite
editing or responsible scientific approach to the subject matter.
They are therefore sentimental, or simply aim at raising funds to
aid the survivors of their communities. A memorial book for
Lodz was published in this country, and in Buenos Aires, where
the
landsmanschaften
appear to be more active than hitherto, two
such books were published, the
Pinkes Galitsye
(Book of Galicia)
under the editorship of Nechemiah Zuker, and
Plotsk
, edited by
Joseph Horn.
This urge of the
landsmanschaften
to record the histories of
their native cities should have been organized so that our histori-
ography might obtain a collective sponsor and ready publishers.
This function belongs to the Historical Section of the Yiddish
Scientific Institute. The
landsmanschaften
, on the other hand,
should by now be acquainted with YIVO (Yiddish Scientific Insti-
tute) and turn to it with their plans.
The search for roots, the return to eternal sources and the
desire to draw upon old treasures have been traits of literary
creation in Yiddish during the past decade. These traits character-
ize all of Yiddish belle lettres and works of prose. CIKO (Central
Jewish Cultural Organization) utilizes the Kronstat fund for the
publication of an anthology of many volumes under the collective
name of
Fun Unzer Oitser
(From our Treasure). The first volume
was already published. This is the volume
Maaseos fu n Bereshis