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RAVITCH— AMONG RECENT YIDDISH BOOKS
life. One hundred illustrations and diagrams add to the text that
is surcharged with both sadness and the eternal Jewish will to
survive.
Rachel Auerbach, the well known essayist, now residing in
Lodz, has already given a poignant report of the murder factory
in Treblinka. Her latest book,
Der Yidisher Ufshtand
,
Varshe 1943
(The Jewish Revolt, Warsaw 1943 — Central Committee of the
Jews in Poland) is based both on her personal experiences and on
all available sources. I t is a psychological study in which the gifted
author attempts to see and understand the great tragedy and to
look at its heroes not only through Jewish eyes, but also through
the eyes of the Nazi-beasts and through the eyes of the often-
unconcerned Polish observer. Rachel Auerbach has accomplished
what many have tried without success, namely, to depict the
emotional attitudes of the Jewish heroes in the last days of the
revolt in the Warsaw ghetto.
LITERATURE FROM SHANGHAI
Jacob Hersh Fischman is one of the Yiddish refugee writers
who had continued their literary activities in Far-Eastern exile.
His book
Farvoglte Yidn
(Refugee Jews — Shanghai) contains
five short stories, all of them dealing with the loneliness and long-
ings of the Jewish refugees from Poland, who during the war years
experienced the Japanese apings of Nazi persecution methods.
A strain of humor runs through Fischman’s tales, and the exotic
atmosphere in which the plots evolve add to the literary value of
the stories which captivate the reader’s interest.
Another unwilling resident of the Shanghai ghetto was J. Rap-
paport, the essayist and critic, now in Australia. His book,
Ershter
Shnit Nochn Shturem
(First Harvest After the Storm — Mel-
bourne), consists of his exceedingly interesting essays dealing with
books of the Holy Scriptures and of articles dealing with Jewish
current events. The author feels that his essays are a “cry in the
night,” and the reader finds that some of the essays are like bright
rays that pierce through dark clouds.
New, young and very promising poets have emerged from
among the Jews who survived the gas chambers and the ghettos.
Foremost among them is Hava Rosenfarb, now residing in Brus-
sels. A fiery imagination and a clear poetic conception are the
main characteristics of her verse. In the D. P. camps many new
books have been issued by writers already known before World
War II, among them are the books by Mathes Olitzky
{In the
Strange Land
) and Isaac Perlov, who had been one of the parti­