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BLOCH ---- THE YEAR ’S BOOKSHELF
which was founded by Henry Joseph, a native of England who,
a t the end of the eighteenth century, was the first of the Josephs
to settle in Canada.
The Nazi chapter in Jewish history is still to be written. With-
out doubt it will present the saddest of all Jewish annals. Much
more material will have to be assembled than is now available for
the complete construction of th a t sad record. In the meantime
such publications as
The case against Nazi war criminals
by Jus-
tice Robert A. Jackson (New York, Knopf, 1946) and
Nazi
Germany's war against the Jews
[edited by Seymour Krieger] (New
York, American Jewish Conference, 1947) will serve a useful
purpose. The latter claims to present “ the complete account of
Germany’s destruction of European Jewry as revealed in the
evidence assembled at Nurenberg.” Prefaced by the proposals of
the American Jewish Conference for inclusion in the German
treaty , this section covers an analysis of the twenty-five year
campaign against the Jews, the trial and punishment at Nurenberg
and the full official documentary evidence.
Final judgement',
the
story of Nurenberg by Victor H. Bernstein; introduction by
Max Lerner (New York, Boni and Gaer, 1947) is not a critique of
the trial but a summary and interpretation of the rise and fall
of Nazism as it was revealed in the many unearthed dramatic,
German official documents offered at the trials which showed to
what depths the Nazi disease penetrated into every phase of
German life. Mr. Bernstein considers at gruesome length the
incredible “ crimes against humanity” th a t were a part of the Nazi
effort. Marek Edelman was an active participant in the under-
ground movement and one of the leaders of the Warsaw uprising.
In his
The ghetto fights
(New York, 1946) he describes life in
Warsaw during the period of preparation for the ghetto uprising.
Tha t all efforts to save Jews from the teeth of the Nazis were
feeble and ineffective is known. Corroborative testimony is un-
folding itself in memoirs and other publications written by men
who had first hand experience with those who ventured to spare
the lives of many a Jew who was in the claws of the Nazis. Such
a publication is
The memoirs of Doctor Felix Kersten\
introduction
by Konrad Heiden (Garden City, Doubleday, 1947). The author,
a Finnish physio-therapist, took advantage of his contacts with
the Nazi leaders who were his patients to help individuals and
groups, and was instrumental in attempting to save Jews. He
tells of his contacts with Hillel Storch of the World Jewish Con-
gress office in Sweden; of Himmler’s decision to stop the exter-
mination of Jews when the prospect of defeat was imminent. The
story is supported with facsimiles of pertinent documents, mostly
letters by Himmler and others, relating to the rescue of Jews.
A close associate of Mussolini and an avowed Fascist propa­