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JEWI SH BOOK ANNUAL
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published. Ten volumes in all are planned. The Yiddisher Kultur
Farband is publishing the selected works of Mendele Mokher
Sefarim, the grandfather of Yiddish literature. This year four
volumes were published, including
Dos Klaine Mentshele; Di
Takse
;
Di Klyatshe
;
Masoes Binyomin Hashlishi; Fishke der
Krumer\ Der Priziv; Dos Vintshfingerl
(The Little Man, The Tax,
The Mare, The Travels of Benjamin the Third, Fishke the Cripple,
The Draft, The Wishing Ring). Each of these works is pre-
ceded by a brief introduction by Nachman Maisel. The modern
orthography is employed for the first time in this author’s works.
This publication is especially praiseworthy since Mendele’s works
have been unobtainable here for many years.
Reprints were not limited to the works of the great triad. On
the occasion of Abraham Reisen’s 70th anniversary, the Work-
men’s Circle issued a collection of this beloved author’s writings
under the title
Gekleebene Derzailungen un Leeder
(Selected Stories
and Poems), edited by Yudel Mark. Reisen’s works were pub-
lished in this country many years ago and are now virtually
unobtainable. I t would be worthwhile to publish a new edition.
This year also marked the appearance of a new edition of Joseph
Opatoshu’s novel
In Poilishe Velder
(In Polish Woods), with
minor stylistic changes by the author, one of our best stylists.
Another trend in publishing was the effort to document the
destruction in Europe and to perpetuate an image of the life that
had been extinguished. Studies appeared about individual Jewish
communities. Other works were based on personal memories.
A number of books were devoted to travels in Eastern Europe
and visits to the survivors in the DP camps. The poetry, the
stories, as well as the research literature, revolve about the
destroyed old home in Eastern Europe. There is a particularly
keen interest in the history of the Jews in that region and a
determination to erect literary monuments to special movements
or political parties. We will first consider the last category.
The publishing house of the Bund issued two books last year.
One of these is the first volume of an ambitious project
Di Yidn
in Poiln fun di Ershte Tseitn biz der Tsveiter Velt-Milkhome
(The
Jews in Poland From Early Days till the Second World War).
The volume consists of four monographs: A. Menes’ evaluation
of the role of Polish Jewry in Jewish history; Dr. R. Mahler’s
survey of the community’s economic history until 1772; Dr. J.
Shatsky’s resume of its political history till 1914; and Victor
Schulman’s rather one-sided portrayal of its life during the First
World War. The same publishers also issued J. S. Hertz’s
Di
Geshikhte fu n a Yoognt
(The History of a Youth), which relates in
tender detail the history of organizations associated with the