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BLOCH----THE YEAR’S BOOKSHELF
characteristically American form. For an approach toward a
better understanding of the role it endeavors to perform one
would do well to turn to the pages of
The JWB Survey
by Oscar I.
Janowsky (N. Y., Dial, ’48). The result of a year-long study of
the work and objectives of the National Jewish Welfare Board,
this report is comprehensive, readable and instructive. I t includes,
in addition to a foreword by Frank L. Weil and a statement of
transmittal by Salo W. Baron, Chairman of the Survey Commit-
tee, the complete text of the findings, recommendations and
statistical matter developed in the course of the survey.
One of the leading books about Jews in this country is certainly
Refugees in America
; report of the committee for the study of
recent immigration from Europe by Maurice Rea Davie, with the
collaboration of Sarah W. Cohen, Betty Drury, Samuel Koenig,
Dorothy Foote Tate, Carolyn Zeleny (N. Y., Harper, ’47). I t is
an attempt at a comprehensive discussion of the various aspects
of the problems presented by the refugees in this country. I t is
obviously of considerable Jewish interest. Over 168,000 Jews
were admitted to the United States from 1933 to 1943, the years
in which the entry “Hebrew” was eliminated from United States
immigration statistics. This unfortunately opened the road for
factual misrepresentations on matters Jewish. The content of the
entire book reflects the confusion in Jewish life introduced by the
tactics of a de-judaized Jewish leadership.
The great role which an immigrant Jew from Bessarabia was
destined to play in the American banana trade is well described in
Empire in green and gold
by Charles Morrow Wilson (N. Y., Holt,
’47). I t is a story of ups and downs in an industry in which “ship-
pers cheated brokers, and brokers cheated shippers” while com-
petition was constantly wiped out and “the banana trust” better
known as the United Fruit Company which after the depression
years was taken over by Samuel Zemurray. He reorganized the
company at a time when it was almost on the verge of bankruptcy
and enabled it to assume its present position of leadership in the
trade.
Stories of Jews who had a part in the making of America begin-
ning with Columbus at the Court of Ferdinand and Isabella and
ending with Emma Lazarus comprise
The golden door
by Elma
Ehrlich Levinger; illustrated by Israel A. Fiedler (N. Y., Bloch,
’47). These stories, reprinted from the author’s earlier publica-
tions, are told with that sweep of imagination, humor and fresh-
ness which generally characterize Mrs. Levinger’s writings.
A series of short accounts of the achievement of Jews in every
game from football to golf comprise
The Jew in American sports
by Harold U. Ribalow, with a preface by Barney Ross (N. Y.,