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(Prince Reubeni), is a four act play in blank verse glorifying David
Reubeni and indirectly reflecting Jewish heroism of today. The
playwright voices his longing for a Jewish struggle for a purely
Jewish aim. His hero leaves the following testament: “Since you
are struggling, my people, you are alive!” I t is remarkable that
a work by the greatest Yiddish author in the Soviet Union should
be published in the United States. The publisher, YKUF, is
also preparing to issue other works by Soviet Yiddish authors.
Apparently these cannot be published in the U. S. S. R. for some
reason.
This year there have also appeared numerous books of memoirs.
The first place in this category belongs to
In di Lange Vinternekht
(Long Winter Nights) by Hinde Bergner. This is a work in the
mood of Glueckel von Hammeln. I t describes life in a small
Galician town during the last three decades of the past century.
The authoress is the mother of three sons who have gained fame
in their own right under the names of Moishe Harari, Melekh
Ravitch and Herz Bergner.
At the opposite pole we find Jacob Milch’s
Autobiografishe Skitsn
(Autobiographical Sketches) recounting the road he traversed
from Haskala to Marxism. I t is marked by some sharply polemi-
cal passages. Shalom Levin relates his memoirs under the title,
Untererdishe Kemfer
(Underground Fighters), the record of the
idealistic struggle of Jewish workers against Czarism at the turn
of the century. Since the author was a Bundist, he glorifies the
role of the Bund in the events of 1905. The editor of this book,
Moishe Katz, a Communist, therefore attempts in his introduction
to water down this effect. Aaron Gorelik’s
Shtooremdike Yorn
(Stormy Years) deals only in part with the revolutionary move-
ment in the old home and devotes itself primarily to the labor
movement in this country and to impressions of visits in the
Soviet Union. Since these pages follow the accepted line,
Moishe Katz had no need to warn the reader against political de-
viations.
The Yiddish Scientific Institute, YIVO, published in New York
Shmuel Pinkhos Sheinfeld’s
Zikhroines fun a Shriftzetser
(Memoirs
of a Typesetter) on its merits as a human and historical docu-
ment. Wolfovski’s
Mein Lebnsreize
(Journey of My Life), memoirs
of fifty years in the old home and in Canada, reads smoothly.
The
N. Chanin
volume, issued in New York on the occasion of
Chanin’s 60th anniversary, contains evaluations of the personality
of this well known labor leader and historical material concerning
the labor movement in Europe and America.
The more recent past is reflected in M. Rogalski’s
Tsvishn Tsvai
Velt-Milkhomes
(Between Two World Wars), a book embrac­