Page 71 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 8 (1949-1950)

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A World in Ruins
(Edward Goldston, 1946). The Rev. Dr.
James Parkes, a well informed Christian writer on Jewish subjects,
especially historical, has published recently (also in American
The Emergence of the Jewish Problem 1878-1939
University Press, 1946) and
A History of Palestine
(Oxford Univer-
sity Press, 1949), with the emphasis in the latter on the last thirty
years, and J. Mewburn Levien, a non-Jew in his
Six Sovereigns of
(Novello and Co., 1948), devotes a chapter to John Braham,
the outstanding interpreter in vocal music of British national
character during the earlier half of the nineteenth century. Sal-
vador de Madariaga’s monumental work,
Christopher Columbus
(Hodder, 1939), has appeared in a second edition in which much
including the chapter dealing with Columbus’ ancestry has been
carefully revised. In the new edition even more emphatically
than in the earlier one de Madariaga argues in favor of a Marrano
ancestry for the discoverer of the New World. A couple of recent
English books on Jewish art also stand out — George K. Loukom-
Jewish Art in European Synagogues
(Hutchinson, 1947), a
fine work by a Christian scholar and Dr. Helen Rosenau’s
A Short
History of Jewish Art
(James Clark, 1948).
Palestine has of course called forth a relatively large number of
books, but few of them call for consideration or even mention.
First on the list comes Dr. Parkes’
A History of Palestine
to which
reference has already been made. More concerned with the
present than with the remoter past is Neville Barbour’s
(G. G. Harrap, 1946). Mr. Barbour, a non-Jew, lived
in Palestine among Jews and Arabs for some years, devoting him-
self to a study of the Palestine question from within, and thus
has advantages that most writers on Palestine questions lack.
Another book on Palestine published recently, also by a non-Jew,
is of an entirely different character. Henry Kendall’s
The City Plan
(His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1948) is a work
out of every line of which a love of Jerusalem and devotion to its
welfare shine forth. He also lived some years in Jerusalem and
like every man of culture, who has had the good fortune of doing
so, has succumbed to its attractions. Two other small books by
Dr. Walter Zander, which deal with the subject of Palestine,
Soviet Jewry
Palestine and the West
(Victor Gollancz, 1947) and
Is This the Way?
(Victor Gollancz, 1948) have attracted very
wide attention among thinking people. They show some measure
of doubt concerning recent developments in Zionist thought and
practice and the desirability of the goal towards which they seem