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M A R K ----AMONG RECENT YIDDISH BOOKS
contains such gems as
Yisgadal Veyiskadash
(The Mourners’
Prayer), portraying Itche Meier’s martyrdom for the sake of
the Sabbath; and
A Child in 1945
, recounting the story of a little
girl of ten who saved her life by impersonating a herder of pigs.
Asch’s desire to impress a Christian stamp on his work is also evi-
dent in his story
Christ in the Ghetto.
One reads this story with a
strange feeling, when one recalls the real attitude of the vast
majority of the Poles toward the Jews, and the fact that the same
author produced such works as
Kiddush Hashem
(Sanctification
of the Name) and
Di Kishuf-Makherin fun Kastilye
(The Witch
of Castille), published after World War I.
J. J. Singer’s
Fun a Veit vos iz Nishto Mer
(From a World Gone
By) was published posthumously. I t depicts with unequalled
mastery the environment of the author’s childhood and youth.
Another posthumous work is Baruch Glazman’s
Broit
(Bread),
published with the aid of the David Ignatoff Fund which under-
took to issue works of living and deceased Yiddish authors.
Bread
has some fine qualities but gives the impression of an
unfinished work. A special committee published two volumes of
M. I. Haimovitch’s writings: the novel
Yor 1666
Takhav
(The
Year 1666 — Sabbatai Zevi in Istambul) and a collection of
stories,
Carousel.
A modest author who had been unjustly over-
looked was thus accorded due recognition.
One of the most interesting books of the year is S. Miller’s
Doir Hahafloge
(Babel Generation), published in Los Angeles.
The second part of A. Raboi’s memoirs
Mein Lebn
(My Life),
issued by YKUF is marked by the same lyrical quality charac-
teristic of that author’s fictional writings. Jacob Zipper’s
Oif
Yener Zeit Bug
(On the Other Side of the River Bug) belongs on
the borderline of fiction and memoir writing. Indeed the author
himself refers to it as an “ autobiographical novel.” I t provides
light and interesting reading.
Mention should also be made of the ninth and tenth volumes
of P. Bimko’s selected works. The two volumes are devoted to
his native city of
Kelts
(Kielce), and dedicated “ as an eternal
memorial to my entire family and the Jewish community of my
city who sanctified the Name with their blood during the third
destruction at the time of the Second World War.” On the
border-line between a historical novel and a biography is Abraham
Bick’s
Rabbi Jacob Emden.
On the other hand,
In der Roimisher
Gctto
(In the Roman Ghetto) by S. Apter is an unsuccessful
attempt at a historical novel. Z. Weinper’s novel,
Oif di Zamdn
fu n Yehudo
(On the Sands pf Judea), can also be described as an
attempt.
We have listed the most important fiction of the year. The
only significant drama, David Bergelson’s
Prints Re-uvaini