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JEWI SH BOOK ANNUAL
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Macmillan, 1948), he writes, with the coolness of a surgeon, of his
horrible experiences in a prisoners’ camp.
JValk in darkness,
by Hans Habe (N. Y., Putnam’s, 1948), is a
novel about a Negro soldier in post-war Germany who becomes
involved with a white woman and is finally driven to senseless
murder. Most of the characters in the novel are not as real as
Selma, the Jewish girl who helps mother the child of the Negro
soldier and his German wife. She is a fine illustration of those
who trust in the good will of mankind.
The five stories which comprise
A corner in the world
by Robert
Shaplen (N. Y., Knopf, 1949) deal with the post-war period, and
illustrate the fact that nowadays the aftermath of war may be
fraught with greater horror and thrill and suspense than war
itself. The last and best story in the book is the one from which
the volume derives its name. Its hero is Dr. George Richter, a Jew
who had fled the Nazis and who, after one escape and another,
finally landed in Macao. There, without bitterness, he gave his
time to doing good to his fellowmen, arousing by this very fact the
hostility of local Portuguese nabobs. The doctor was, it seems,
possessed of something which transcended fear and he is seen
going to meet his destiny — death — with a courage which,
through experience, had become with him second nature, but not
before he had implanted in an American lieutenant knowledge
and values of which he had had no conception but a brief time
earlier.
Divided
is a first novel by Ralph Freedman (N. Y., Dutton,
1948) who came to the United States in 1940 from Germany. He
served with the U. S. Army in Tunisia and Italy and, at the
conclusion of the war, remained in Europe for some months to do
counter-intelligence work in Austria. His novel has the distinction
of being the winner of the second Lewis and Clark Northwest
Award.
Divided
offers an account of an attempt to denazify the
Austrian village of Kleinbach and its surrounding mountainous
terrain by American troops who were soon relieved by the Rus-
sians.
In the last winter of the war and in her eight consecutive
winters as a foreign correspondent, Martha Gellhorn was with the
82nd Airborne Division at Nijmegen. She reported the Battle of
the Bulge and when the front caved in she followed the Third
Armored Division as it plowed into Germany from Remagen.
Against this background and with her skill as a storyteller, she
has written a striking novel of the war,
The wine of astonishment
(N. Y., Scribner’s, 1948). I t concerns itself chiefly with two
men in a battalion in a mythical 20th Division in the Battle of
the Bulge and across the Rhine, where Pfc. Jacob Levy, assigned