Page 72 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 5 (1946-1947)

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The book concludes with an ep logue by Louis Golding. The
object of producing the volume— that of dispelling illusions and
prejudices — is, of course, praise-worthy. Its attainment through
such a symposium is doubtful.
By far the most oustanding contribution to the problem of the
Jews is Professor L. B. Namier’s essays in his volume entitled
(Macmillan Ltd.).* One section of this book of essays,
which deals with general, historical and political issues, is devoted
to the Jewish problem. Professor Namier touches fundamental
issues and goes to the root of the Jewish question. A close and
cogent analysis leads him to the conclusions of other Jewish
thinkers that only a Jewish National Home in Palestine offers
a radical solution to the main Jewish problem. His close reasoning,
his imaginative grasp and concentrated pungent style render his
essays on the Jewish problem by far the most instructive and
Jews of Britain
(Sampson Low, Marston), by Paul H. Emden,
is a series of factual biographies of Jews in Britain and their
contributions to the development of the British Empire. But
for lack of space one would like to linger over the volume, not on
account of its literary quality, but because it reflects the process
of Jewish assimilation. Designed to show what Jews have achieved
for Britain, it discloses even more clearly how many prominent
Jews have completely disappeared in the process of assimilation.
A Stiff-Necked People
, by Berl Locker (Gollancz), published as
this survey is written, is of immense importance. The historical
connection of the Jewish people with Palestine is shown by a
wealth of material covering the whole of Jewish history: Jews
clinging to their country after its conquest by the Romans and
after the Arab conquest, not merely in the spiritual but in the
physical sense. Mr. Locker advances the view that for seven
centuries — from the conquest by Rome till the eve of the Moslem
conquest — Jewish military action was invariably timed to coin-
cide with Rome’s engagements in various conflicts. A comprehen-
sive chronological table of Jewish re-immigration into Palestine,
right up to the Balfour Declaration, and a chapter discussing the
relationship between historical connections and historic rights,
enhances the value of the book.
*Also published in the U. S.