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JEWI SH BOOK ANNUAL
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and impressions and episodes of the home of the martyred Hillel
Zeitlin, which had served as a gathering place for scholars and
authors in Warsaw. Zeitlin, incidentally, was the father of two
writers, Aaron, who survived to mourn the destruction, and the
younger Elchanan who perished. Other books published by the
same organization are historical, such as Dr. Meir Balaban s
Di
Yidn-Shtot Lublin
(Jewish Lublin) and Dr. Jacob Shatsky’s
In
Shotn fun Ovar
(In the Shadow of the Past). Memoirs of home
towns and documented or documentary volumes of the destruction
include Peretz Granatstein’s
Mein Khorev Shtetl Sokolow
(My
Destroyed City of Sokolow), Israel Tabak’s
Khoorbn Lodzh
(Destruction of Lodz). The same organization published a new
edition of H. D. Nomberg’s
I . L. Peretz.
Books of a different
type which have met with great reader response include
Malke
Ovshyani Dertsailt
(The Story of Malka Ovshiany) by Mark
Turkow, the publishing project’s editor and guiding spirit. Other
memoirs are Z. Segalowitz’s sentimentally romantic memoirs of
the Jewish Literary Club in Warsaw entitled
Tlomatske 13
(the
club’s address) and M.Nudelman’s
Gelekhter durkh Trern
(Laughter
Through Tears), a collection of light sketches about life in the
ghetto in the very shadow of extinction, in the concentration
camps and, later, in the period of liberation. The last named
book breathes such a native Jewish spirit that the bitter Jewish
exclamation, “You are laughing, father? Woe to your laughter!”
could well serve as its motto. Finally it is necessary to mention
Treblinka
, a book on the extermination center, written by two
eyewitnesses, W. Grossman and I. Wernick, that evokes a shudder
in the heart of every Jew.
In contrast to Argentina, the New York
landsmanshaften
are
not well organized. Their contribution in this field is therefore
not as great. However, we should note the anthology
Chenstochov
(Jews of Czestochowa), published by the Chenstochov Relief
Committee. Edited by Dr. R. Mahler, the volume contains a
history of the Czestochowa Jews up to the outbreak of the war,
an account of the destruction of the city and a resume of the dis-
persion of the remnants of the community throughout the United
States, Palestine, Argentina and Canada. This book could well
serve as a model for similar organizations. The Bialystok
lands-
manshaft
has issued D. Klementinovski’s
Lebn un Oomkum in
Byalistoker Getto
(Life and Death in the Bialystok Ghetto). I t is
planning additional works concerning that city. The Brezhin
Relief Society has also published a collection of articles, memoirs
and reports about that town.
Praise is due to the anthology
Froien in di Gettos
(Women
in the Ghettos) commemorating the heroism of Jewish women.