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BLOCH ---- THE YEAR ’S BOOKSHELF
— those killed, dead, missing, presumed dead, wounded, injured,
ill and prisoners of war.
The role of the Jews in the Middle Ages is one that has not
yet been sufficiently appraised. One, therefore, welcomes the
appearance of
Jewry
-
Law in Medieval Germany
by Guido Kisch
(N.Y., Academy for Jewish Research, 1948). I t represents a
compilation of laws and decisions in Middle German and Czech,
which forms part of the basis for the author’s
The Jews in Me-
dieval Germany: a study of their legal and social status.
The laws
which form the subject of these studies were all imposed upon
the Jews. Some of the laws were designed for their protection.
In
The fa l l of the Spanish American empire
by Salvador
de Madariaga (N.Y., Macmillan, 1948) the author’s preoccupa-
pation with the Jewish question is as evident now as it is in his
other works. He claims that the Jews were one of the causes
of the fall. He maintains that Marranos and exiles from Spain
used every means to help their brethren to escape from Spain
and from simulated Catholicism. Here and there, despite his
reputed liberalism, the author tends to take the Inquisition
as a matter of course and to see a Jew in every wood pile.
The first young people’s history of the Golden Age of Spain,
is presented in
Torchbearers of the Middle Ages
by Alvin S. Luchs
(N. Y., Behrman, 1948), a group of stories, highlighting a thousand
years of Jewish history through the personalities of our great
scholars, statesmen, poets and philosophers.
The oldest Jewish house of worship in this country is the
Touro Synagogue in Newport, R. I. I t is now a national historic
shrine. Rich in historical association it is also looked upon as
“one of the most perfect works in colonial architecture.” The
publication entitled
Touro Synagogue
of Congregation Jeshuat
Israel (Newport, R. I., Remington Ward, 1948) serves as an
introduction and guide book to its fascinating content and history.
An interesting history of religious conflict in Maryland from
the colony’s establishment to the ratification of the Federal
Constitution is presented in
Problems of Church and State in
Maryland during the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
, by
Albert Warwick Werline (South Lancaster, Mass., College
Press, 1948). During this period various degrees of tolerance
and intolerance existed at different times although Protestant
denial of civil and religious liberties to Catholics and opposi-
tion to Jewish immigration predominated.
A visit to Poland in 1946 furnished a sufficient amount of
material for the writing of
In search of a lost people
— the
old and the new Poland, by Dr. Joseph Tenenbaum in collabo-
ration with Sheila Tenenbaum (N.Y., Beechhurst, 1948), in