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BLOCH ---- THE YEAR ’S BOOKSHELF
With an H on my dog tag
by Morris N. Kertzer, illustrated by
Laszlo Matulay (New York, Behrman, 1947). The author of the
latter, an American Jewish chaplain who served on the Anzio
beachhead and the first to enter Rome on its liberation, tells his
story with the modesty of a combat veteran. Fascinating is his
description of the picturesque communities of Marseilles and
Dijon and of French Jewry as it emerges from hiding, still blinded
by the dark cloak of terror.
Of biographical and of, more or less, historical value are such
minor publications as the modest but dignified volume which the
Los Angeles Jewish Community Council issued in memory of
Judge Harry A . Hollzer
(1900-1946) (Los Angeles, 1946);
Edward
L. Bernays and the American mind
[by P. K. Thomajan] (New
York, M arquardt, 1946) and
The case against David Dubinsky
by W. Weinstone (New York, New Century, 1946).
I t is indeed an increasingly gratifying manifestation of the
rising interest in the contribution Jews are incessantly making
to the fine arts to find tha t in recent years many a Jewish artist
became the subject of one or more monographs through which
one can acquire a greater knowledge and fuller appreciation of
their work. A fine example of such monographs is
Eugene Berman
,
edited by Julien Levy (New York, American Studio Books, 1947).
I t embodies a study of the imaginative elegance and fantasy of an
outstanding artist who has already left his imprint on American
taste in decoration, theatre and ballet design. A not sufficiently
known American artist is
Florine Stettheimer.
She is the subject
of a monograph by Henry McBride, which includes reproductions
of many of her paintings. I t was issued as a Museum of Modern
Art publication (New York, Simon and Schuster, 1947). Another
volume in the same series is
Fourteen Americans
with statements
by the artists and others, edited by Dorothy Canning Miller
(New York, Simon and Schuster, 1946). I t consists of paintings
and drawings or photographs of sculpture by various artists
including Jews such as David Aronson, Saul Steinberg and others.
Faces from the ghetto
(New York, Machmadim Art Editions, Inc.,
1946) presents a portfolio of reproductions of prints by Abraham
Walkowitz, the originals of which are in the collection of the
Gallery of Jewish Art in New York City.
Winecup and book
,
the story of the Darmstadter Haggadah by Mignon L. Rubenovitz
(Boston, Temple Mishkan Tefila Jewish Museum, 1946) presents
a charmingly written description of the famous fifteenth century
illuminated manuscript of the liturgy for the Passover Seder.
The reproductions of the illustrations are well chosen, though
too few in number. Delightful, indeed, is
Had Gadya
, illustrated
with ten vivid two-color line-cuts by Todros Geller and provided