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recent Yiddish books in all fields of creativity and research. He
stresses the fact that the four main themes in current Yiddish
literature are: 1) destruction; 2) the urge to tell future genera-
tions what the Jewish people has lost; 3) the desire to strengthen
the attachment to the Jewish past; 4) the urge to deepen and
strengthen secular Judaism.
In connection with the tenth anniversary of the death of
Abraham Liessin, Shmuel Niger analyzes the early verses of the
great poet. He finds in them the main characteristics of Liessin’s
later contributions to Yiddish poetry. His poetry has presented
a synthesis of the national, the universal and the individual.
Leon Feinberg evaluates the poetic contribution of H. Rosen-
blatt in connection with his seventieth anniversary. When the
poetry of social significance still dominated American Yiddish
literature, at the beginning of the present century, Rosenblatt
appeared with his individualistic and lyrical poetry, being one of
the forerunners of the poets who were later to blaze new trails in
Yiddish verse. Evaluating his latest books, Feinberg concludes
that Rosenblatt, who stands in the forefront of American Yiddish
literature, is great both as a lyric and epic poet.
In a miniature essay Benjamin I. Bialostotzky writes of the poet
Joseph Rolnick, on the occasion of his seventieth anniversary.
Bialostotzky points to the great contribution that Rolnick has
made to Yiddish poetry. The author emphasizes that Rolnick
sings the song not just of
individual but of
individual of
whom is made up collective humanity.
The Return to Traditional Sources
Yudel Mark evaluates the
recent Yiddish translations from the Hebrew. He emphasizes
that among the translations dominate the works that constitute
the cornerstone of Jewish creativity: the Bible, Talmud and
Midrash. The author deals in detail with the most important
Yiddish translations from the Hebrew in recent years.
Melech Ravitch reviews some of the recent Yiddish books.
He deals with works of poetry, fiction, criticism and history pub-
lished in all parts of the world, including such countries as Israel,
Poland, Roumania, the Soviet Union, France, England, South
Africa, China, Australia, Mexico, Argentina, the United States,
Canada, and the refugee camp in Germany. Part of this article
has been adapted and translated for the English Section under
the title
Among the Recent Yiddish Books.
M. Zborowski presents a bibliography of Yiddish books pub-
lished on the American continent, from May 1947 to May 1948.
In the bibliography are listed poetry, fiction, social and political
problems, history, memoirs, children’s literature, reference books,
biography, religion, history of literature, criticism and art.