Page 63 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 6 (1947-1948)

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SURVEY of Yiddish books published in the year 5707
conveys the impression that a modest and not too well
organized effort is being made on the American continent to
re-issue the writings that perished in the flames of the European
holocaust. Yiddish books in Europe suffered the same fate that
the millions who read them and the hundreds who wrote them
met. Poland had been the center of Yiddish book publishing.
Classical works as well as modern writings reflecting the color-
ful life of Polish Jewry, and works by authors in other coun-
tries, including America, were published there. Despite paper
shortages and high publication costs, the production of reprints
is not prohibitive. Jews on the American continent have therefore
shouldered the task of replenishing the stock of Jewish books by
reprinting the most important creations of the past, the originals
of which have been destroyed.
The most representative example of this trend is the
ju n der Yiddisher Proze in Poilin Tsvishn Baide Velt-Milkhomes
(Anthology of Yiddish Prose in Poland Between the Two World
Wars), issued by the Central Yiddish Cultural Organization
(CYCO), as the first in a projected series of anthologies. The
volume was compiled by J. J. Trunk and Aaron Zeitlin, both
prominent authors who hail from Poland. I t includes only works
“written on Polish soil” or published there between the two world
wars. Thirty-two authors are represented in this 637 page anthol-
ogy, characterized by editorial good taste, responsibility and
literary fairness.
Much publishing is done at present in reprinting classics.
Some years ago
The Forward
(a New York daily) reprinted the
works of Sholom Aleichem; while I. L. Peretz’ writings were
reissued in Argentina. This year CYCO commenced the publi-
cation of a new ten volume edition of Peretz. The material is
rearranged with the aid of Sh. Niger־ in the more convenient
chronological order. So far volumes IV-V, consisting of
dishe un Folkstimlekhe Geshikhtn
(Hassidic Tales and Folk Stones),
and volumes VI-VII, consisting of
Dramatishe Verk un Literatur
un Lebn
(Dramatic Works and Literature and Life) have been