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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
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is made to do just that. I t probes the roots of anti-Semitism in
America and exposes the myths upon which it is based. Tracing
the beginnings of social anti-Semitism in this country to the
incident of the exclusion of Joseph Seligmann from a Saratoga
Springs hotel in 1877, it points out the process of anti-Jewish
manifestations here. The pattern generally works in three steps —
social discrimination, economic discrimination and, eventually,
organized political anti-Semitism. The author does not hesitate
to connect anti-Semitism with the status of Jewish homelessness.
He also attempts to prove that hatred of the Jew is at bottom a
method for the higher social classes to retain their position in
society. “The right to hate” is shown to be no right when part
of a concerted action. The author suggests a program of action
involving social-economic security and a struggle to restrict mani-
festations of prejudice through legislation and education. Mr.
McWilliams certainly has no faith in the all-curative values of
the “silent treatment” of the crack-pot. Written with frankness
and fervor, the book constitutes an effective antidote against
efforts to give anti-Semitism a measure of justification. Alto-
gether it presents a fine study by a man of liberality and broad
understanding.
In
Ihe wine of violence
; an anthology on anti-Semitism by
Nathan Zuckerman (N. Y., Association press, ’47) its compiler
brings together close to 600 brief excerpts of anti-Semitic and
pro-Jewish writings. They deal with all aspects of anti-Semitism,
its nature, dangers, effects, techniques, alleged causes, proposed
antidotes, etc. The volume includes a section on anti-Semitic
laws and a supplement on Negro-Jewish relationships. The ex-
cerpts are derived from a variety of sources covering many cen-
turies and many lands in which Jews have lived, thus making
available a wealth of material heretofore not so readily accessible.
What is there in the Christian religion that stimulates eternal
enmity toward the Jews? A careful and provocative examination
of the teachings of the New Testament in an effort to answer this
age-old question is offered in
Jesusן Jews and Gentiles
by Benja-
min Danniel (N. Y., Arco, ’47). It represents an unpassionate
discussion of the misconceptions about the Jews which, according
to Mr. Danniel, are inculcated and implanted by text-books
employed in church schools. Such text-books often furnish dis-
tortions of the true meaning of many a New Testament passage.
A courageous, indeed, a daring defense of Jews and Judaism
against their enemies within and without the Christian church is
offered in
It's time to tell them the truth
by David ben Yosefon
[pseudonym of D. Gerstein] (N. Y., Harbinger House, ’47).
By presenting evidence written in the form of a court trial,