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BLOCH----THE YEAR’S BOOKSHELF
meaning, for it includes the name of General Maurice Rose, who,
though born a Jew died a Christian and was buried in a Protestant
cemetery. Of the Jewish population in the United States between
11% and 12% were in the armed forces, approximating its ratio
in the total population. There are 27,000 entries of awards, 20,000
of which were granted for valor in combat. The total number of
Jewish deaths in the service amounts to over 10,000. Altogether
the work constitutes an extraordinary contribution, the first of
its kind, to the literature dealing with the patriotism of the Ameri-
can Jews and lends dignity to the self-respect Jews are able to
maintain in a land where they enjoy full citizenship. Of
Canadian
Jews in World War
/ / , edited by David Rome (Montreal, 1947)
only the first part has appeared. It deals with decorations won
by Jewish members of the Canadian armed forces.
AMERICAN JEW RY ---- PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
One finds a rich collection of papers, notes, addresses, essays
and related material devoted exclusively to American Jewish his-
tory comprising the thirty-seventh volume of the
Publications
of
the American Jewish Historical Society (New York, ’48). A
clear and scholarly account of Jewish rights during the colonial
period in America when all civil rights were on the rugged anvil
of social sentiment and opinion is offered by Rabbi Abram Vossen
Goodman in his
American overture
(Philadelphia, Jewish Publica-
tion Society of America, ’47). By assaying the attitude of each
colony towards its Jews and other minorities on the early American
scene Rabbi Goodman traces the steps taken in state after state,
from New England to Georgia, in the struggle for religious liberty
and equality for men of all faiths. I t represents a worth-while
contribution to the literature serving the cause of human rights,
religious freedom and equal democratic citizenship everywhere.
A readable account of the Jews in America from 1492 to the pres-
ent is given in
American promise; a history of the Jews in the new
world
by Sulamith Ish-Kishor; illustrated by Grace Hick (N. Y.,
Behrman, ’47). Dr. Rudolf Glanz, in his
Jews in relation to the
cultural milieu of the Germans in America up to the eighteen eighties
(N. Y., ’47), endeavors to tell in detail of the efforts of German
Jewish immigrants to keep alive in this country as much as pos-
sible of the cultural values which they had brought with them
from their native land. I t represents a translation of the author’s
contribution to the
Yivo Bleter.
The future of the American Jew
by Prof. Mordecai M. Kaplan
(N. Y., Macmillan, ’48) attempts anew to demonstrate that “ the