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its cunning if he forgot Jerusalem. And that is why also to
remember Jerusalem is to remember his fellow-Jews all over the
world, whether they know the sweetness of freedom . . . or are
haunted by the deadly fear of Hitler and his satellites . . . To
remember Jerusalem is to respect the life of the free man who is
part of the tradition which has sought over the space of endless
ages for justice and righteousness . . . ” One is inclined to quote
telling passages in the essay, not because of the new truths it
contains, but to remark .on the fact that the truth has dawned so
late on one of the keenest Jewish intellects in Great Britain.
Edmond Fleg’s moving book
Why I Am A Jew
has been pub-
lished before in the United States. But Victor Gollancz on reading
it in the original was so struck by it, that without much ado he
translated it anew and published it. I t fulfilled a great need and
had a remarkable effect on Jewish youth in this country.
BOOKS ON THE JEWISH PROBLEM
Many are the books, larger and smaller, published on the Jewish
problem. Dr. James Parkes, a non-Jew, who has become one of
the foremost exponents of the Jewish problem and has gradually
moved towards complete identification with the ideal of Palestine
as the main solution, has made new and valuable contributions
to the subject. In
An Enemy of the People
(Penguin Books), he
has dealt trenchantly with anti-Semitism; in
Palestine Yesterday
and To-Morrow
the positive aspect of Zionism is discussed.
The
Jews
,
the War and After
(Lloyd Cole), by P. Horowitz (whose
recent death is deeply mourned), effectively deals with various
aspects of the Jewish question and its world implications. The
race theory is examined; Jewish ideas and ideals are explained
and the Jewish position in relation to the war is noted, while the
Jewish situation after the peace is discussed. Zionism is suggested
as a solution and the Arab problem is fully faced. It is a well
planned and well written book.
Gentile and Jew
,
A Symposium
, edited by Ch. Newman (Alliance
Press), a collection of opinions by some non-Jews, is not very
edifying. Another collection of essays:
The Future of the Jews
,
edited by J. L. Lynx (Lindsay Drummond Ltd.), is of some value
inasmuch as the contributors, Jews and non-Jews, discuss the
Jewish problem from different angles, and some of the contributors
are eminent in different spheres. Thomas Mann has a short
prologue and Edward Benes contributes a message of hope.
Camille Huysmans pleads for a Jewish State, and problems like
assimilation, Zionism and the fight against Zionism, are discussed