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to be tending.
Palestine's Economic Future
, edited by J. B. Hob-
man (Lund, Humphries, 1946), consists of a series of essays.
The
Zionist Idea
by Joseph Heller (East and West Library, 1946) is
partly historical, partly political and partly philosophical.
Of books in a more miscellaneous class are
The Tragedy of
Anti-Semitism
by A. K. Chesterton, a Catholic, and Joseph
Leftwich (Robert Anscombe, 1948) in which what may be termed
the anti-Jewish and the Jewish cases are put side by side. Dr.
James Parkes’
Judaism and Christianity
(Oxford University Press,
1948) rests on the edge of the sphere of theology;
Wherein I Glory
(Standard Art Publishing Co., 1948) consists of a series of essays
or rather short addresses on Jewish contributions delivered during
the war to Jewish service men and women in a moral leadership
course. I t is edited for the Anglo-Jewish Association by R. N.
Carvalho.
Of works of fiction it is sufficient to mention only a selection.
William Goldman, who is coming to the fore in this branch of
literature, has put to his credit in the past year an anthology of
short stories by Jewish writers,
In England and in English
(Art
and Educational Publishers, 1947). His picture of East End life,
East End My Cradle
(Art and Educational Publishers, 1947) still
finds many readers who are well repaid. Ralph Oppenheim’s
Door of Death
(Harvill Press, 1949) is based to a large extent on
his own experiences in the Theresienstadt concentration camp.
Grist to God's M ill
by H. H. Freeden, otherwise Herbert Frieden-
thal (Godfrey and Stephens, 1947), is a novel of a theatre and its
people, also with a Nazi background. E. A. Kisch has produced
Tales from Seven Ghettoes
(Robert Anscombe, 1948) and Yehuda
Yaari,
When the Candle was Burning
, translated by Menahem
Hurwitz (Victor Gollancz, 1947), a novel describing the attacks
on the Jews in Galicia and the Ukraine after the conclusion of the
first World W7ar. Rachel Bath-Zion, a promising student of Anglo-
Jewish history, has published a first novel, of a semi-mystical
character,
Jeshua of Whitechapel
(Anscombe, 1948). Further work
from her in the same class will be welcomed. Finally two volumes of
plays, both by H. F. Rubinstein, have recently been published —
Hated Servants
(Victor Gollancz, 1944) and
Four Jewish Plays
(Victor Gollancz, 1948). Of the latter, Mr. Rubinstein is the
editor not the author.
THE FUTURE OF ANGLO-JEWISH LITERATURE
So far of the past. Now a brief note on the future. The long
period during which Jewish literature in England was a sort of
Cinderella seems, whatever may be the cause, to have come to an