Jews in the Post-War World, by Max Gottschalk and Abraham G. Duker
Of all peoples who have passed through the tragic destiny of Nazi rule none has suffered more than the Jewish people; of all the multitude of problems confronting a baffled and bewildered post-war world none is more complex than the Jewish problem. Yet there is no problem about which there is generally less knowledge, less understanding and less intelligence than about that which concerns the postwar fate of the Jewish people. The Jewish as well as the non-Jewish world, communal leaders and lay people alike, display a lamenable and pathetic ignorance of the most elementary and basic facts of Jewish life. In the light of such a situation, the appearance of a guide to the Jewish problem by two competent scholars, Max Gottschalk and Abraham Duker, is more than of academic interest.
The volume under review is based on a study course on Jewish post-war problems prepared by the Research Institute on Peace and Post-War Problems of the American Jewish Committee. It is not a “partisan guide” to the Jewish problem. “Every effort,” say the authors in their introduction, “has been made to present the objective materials which the average reader must have at his disposal. . . . No attempt has been made to argue in favor of any particular program, or plan, or blueprint.”
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