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From the June 1947 issue

This vivid description of Jewish life in Poland in the 17th century is the final chapter of a book called Yeven Metzula (The Pit of...

With many Jewish communities planning new synagogues or embarking upon building projects deferred by the war, the problem of Jewish religious architecture has become one...

With many Jewish communities planning new synagogues or embarking upon building projects deferred by the war, the problem of Jewish religious architecture has become one...

With many Jewish communities planning new synagogues or embarking upon building projects deferred by the war, the problem of Jewish religious architecture has become one...

As Rachel Wischnitzer-Bernstein has adequately shown, there is no living tradition of construction and style in the architecture of synagogues. The floundering attempts to invent...

Behind organized labor’s rise to power in the 30’s were vast economic movements and tides, government laws, and mass pressures. But, also, there were the...

Books on race prejudice and anti-Semitism have shown a significant shift in the past few years: the emphasis is no longer on the history of...

Books on race prejudice and anti-Semitism have shown a significant shift in the past few years: the emphasis is no longer on the history of...

To the Editor: I was exceedingly interested in Sidney Hook’s excellent article in the March Commentary on “Intelligence and Evil in Human History.” . . . In...

To the Editor: I found Nathan Glazer’s article, “What is Sociology’s Job?” [in the February Commentary] amusing, penetrating, and thought-provoking. Mr. Glazer seems quite correct in pointing...

Slave and Freedman A Star Pointed North. by Edmund Fuller. New York, Harper, 1946. 361 pp. $2.75. There Was Once A Slave : The Heroic Story of Frederick Douglass. by...

Recent efforts to obtain public funds for parochial schools, corresponding efforts to “bring religion into the public schools,” and—most recently—a Supreme Court decision permitting the...

It is an aim of this department to encourage discussion of significant issues raised by current books. Good reviewers, we have found, have independent judgment...

The family of Ecuadorians who in 1938 invited me to spend Christmas with them were surprised when I rose to leave after dinner instead of...

I recently read The Great Gatsby for the first time, and it struck me that in all the praise of the book I had heard...

To the Editor: Diana Trilling’s review of Laura Hobson’s Gentleman’s Agreement and, in an even higher degree, her answer to her counter-critics in the April number...

Uri Zvi Gruenberg, one of the most powerful and original of the younger Palestinian poets, is considered the poet of the Revisionist movement there. The...

To the Editor: I do not care so much that Jacob Glatstein in his review of Nothing is a Wonderful Thing in the April Commentary not...

To the Editor: The doctrine of mass guilt is most certainly a Nazi, not a democratic, concept, as Paul Massing points out in his article “Is...

Mythical Vienna Legend of a Musical City by Max Graf. New York, Philosophical Library, 1945. 302 pp. $3.00.   The glamorized picture of Johann Strauss’s waltzing Vienna did not originate...

To the Editor: With particular pleasure I read Isaak Babel’s “The Awakening” in your February issue. .I think it is a beautiful story and, as far...

This description of the conflicting machineries and ideologies involved in the re-education of the German people illuminates in microcosm the whole political problem of reconstructing...

To the Editor: Milton Klonsky’s memories of our streets [‘The Trojans of Brighton Beach,” in the May issue] have an interesting point of view, but I...

Because I had, in those days, a tend cane to collect and cherish grievances, I brooded for months after wards over the indignities I suffered...

The Great Wall of Criticism The Great Wall of China. by Franz Kafka. Translated by Willa and Edwin Muir. New York, Schocken Books, 1946. 315 pp.3.00. The Kafka Problem....

Italy’s Jews The History of the Jews in Italy by Cecil Roth. Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society of America, 1946. 575 pp. $3.00.   The long course of Italian-Jewish history, extending...

Sidney Hertzberg seeks in this regular department to provide a fair and impartial report of important trends on world affairs in their implications for Jews....

Meyer Levin’s autobiographical commentary on Elliot E. Cohen’s article “Jewish Culture in America” (in last month’s COMMENTARY) will be of special interest. Though comparatively young,...

Leo S. Baeck, chief rabbi of Berlin and a distinguished modern scholar, served his people in pre-Hitler Germany, during the Nazi regime, and in the...
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June 1947