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JEWI SH BOOK ANNUAL
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and scholars, partisans and pacifists, through all kinds of roads
and conveyances.” He learned to love and admire his travel
companions. In his vivid portrayal these folk become people you
have known — their stories of tragedy or humor, take on the
reality of events actually seen. The American League for a Free
Palestine issued
Black paper
,
the British terror in Palestine
(New
York, 1946), a documentary publication representing a factual
day by day account of British bayonet rule in Palestine.
Koestler, Stone, Hirschmann and others have, each in his own
way, attempted with no small measure of success, to describe the
magnificent dauntless spirit, vital morale and sustained humane-
ness in spite of the terrible tragedies which had befallen many a Jew
in the era of Hitler. The determination of the Jewish survivors
to regain their ancestral home, Palestine; their zest for life, their
determination to shake Europe’s bloody dust off their feet, their
profound faith in their future in Palestine, explain their hegira
across boundaries, stop-overs in DP camps, their final voyage in
rotting tubs and the reception accorded them by British military
and colonial authorities in Palestine are all described brilliantly
and movingly. All this presents a challenge to the world. Are
the Jews going to gain their rights in Palestine? Are their claims
to the Land of their Fathers to be legally recognized? These and
other kindred questions are dealt with in a fairly rich ou tpu t of
publications, all of which a ttes t to the fact th a t Palestine is one
of today’s most widely argued problems, requiring presenta-
tion from a new, challenging viewpoint. Most of the books con-
sidered here offer hard facts — not merely wishful thinking —
about Palestine, many for the first time. They furnish the facts
concerning the Balfour Declaration, Palestine under the M andate
and changing ratios of population. They contain analyses, some
rather startling ones, of economic absorptive power, the vital
factor so often neglected in discussions of Palestine. There are so
many sides to the problem and they are all given a hearing. They
are certainly discussed in
Admission of Jews into Palestine
; State-
ment of the President of the United States, together with the
report of the Anglo-American Committee o f Inquiry on Palestine
as submitted to the President and to the government of the United
Kingdom (Washington, United States Government Printing
Office, 1946). I t was issued as Senate Document 182 of the Second
Session of the 79th Congress of the United States. To be sure,
this document has its value but a better understanding of its
contents is obtainable with the help of
Palestine mission
, a per-
sonal record by Richard Howard Stafford Crossman (New York,
Harper, 1947) and
Behind the silken curtain
, a personal account of
Anglo-American diplomacy in Palestine and the Middle Eas t