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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
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Zionist movement from the earliest times. I t is factual, author־
itative, explanatory, documentary, and very readable. Packed
with information, it is a book for the student and the average
reader. Other works from the same author are:
The Jews In the
JVar
,
Britain s Nameless Ally
, and
Progress of Zionism.
The Jewish National Home
(J. M. Dent & Sons), edited by Paul
Goodman, contains essays from different writers dealing with
Zionism and Zionist history. Published to commemorate the 25th
anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, many of the writers dwell
on the historic event from different angles and on its reaction and
implications on Jewish life. Viscount Cecil, a member of the
Government which issued the Balfour Declaration, contributes a
foreword to the volume. Among the smaller publications — and
these are many —
Freedom
, an anthology by Ephraim Broido,
should be mentioned.
CONTRIBUTIONS IN HEBREW AND YIDDISH
The inadequate catalogue cannot be concluded without a brief
reference to Hebrew. Brief, because there are few to record. But
the three volumes of
Metsudah
(Ararat Publishing Company),
edited by Dr. Simon Rawidowicz, deserve attention. Each volume,
notably the third, contains essays and studies of the most diverse
character. These compact miscellanies, considering the circum-
stances under which they were published, show the zeal and
obstinacy, especially on the part of the editor and the publishers,
to maintain the Hebrew word in Europe. The fourth volume
is in preparation and if the high standard in quality is maintained,
the volumes will constitute a monument to Hebrew survival in
Europe during the war — and in the post-war period.
I t may be noted, too, that a further volume of
Melilah,
pub-
lished by the Manchester University Press, is shortly to be issued.
Publications in Yiddish have been few, the most conspicuous
being
Volken ibern Dach
(“Clouds Above the Roof”), by Itzig
Manger, an outstanding poet. This volume, like his earlier poetic
evocations, is stamped by a quality of unusual poetic strength.
The sombre mood of the time is very much reflected in the volume,
Manger having narrowly escaped from Paris after the Nazi
occupation. Unlike his
Stars on the Roof
, the clouds above it
are less enchanting. But whatever the mood, the elemental
strength, the spontaneity, directness and terseness of his verse
startles and excites. He bites, snipes and stings — but he always
sings.
A new volume of poems
Stedt
(Cities), by Malkah Locker, is a