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From the February 1948 issue

Ferdinand Gregorovius was one of the great German historians of the 19th century, and in addition a poet of no small capacity. He was born...

Whenever one ponders the progress of the American ideals of freedom and equality in the framework of today’s realities, one inevitably thinks of the South—and...

The aim of “The Month in History” is to select out of the stream of events the principal developments that form the framework of Jewish...

Bruno Bettelheim is perhaps most widely known for his extraordinary study of the adaptation of the human mind and spirit to the stresses of concentration...

Their resolution at the opened gates Ten days between the writing and the   sealing Changed no crown in their suspended fate. All days were New Year’s, all were days...

One of the great religious influences of the 20th century has been the rediscovery of the writings of Soren Kierkegaard. He has had a profound...

A world of dreams has come true against the background of twenty centuries of martyrdom and a tenacious struggle for survival—this was the first, the...

The Dreyfus Affair From Dreyfus To PÉtain. by Wilhelm Herzog. New York, Creative Age Press, 1947. 313 pp. $3.50.   It Is just fifty years since Emile Zola was convicted...

Franz Werfel’s Poetry Gedichte Aus Den Jahren 1908-1945. by Franz Werfel. Privately Printed by the Pacific Press, Los Angeles, 1946. Distributed by Mary S. Rosenberg, New York. 167 pp....

The obstacles to obtaining reliable information and the prevalence of ideological prejudices, make difficult any clear picture of postwar Jewish life in the Soviet Union....

Recently returned from a coast-to-coast tour, David Bernstein here reports on a deep uneasiness he noted among many American Jews as to their position and...

To the Editor: I regret that I have not had earlier opportunity to comment on ‘Taft-Hartley and Labor’s Perspective,” by A. H. Raskin, in the November...

The Writing on the Wall Lonely Crusade. by Chester Himes. New York, Knopf, 1947. 398 pp. $3.00.   The terminal moraine of socially conscious novels, comic strips, movies, pulp fiction,...

“Newspapers” is taken from The Jews of Shklov, a volume of stories published in 1929. It has been translated from the Yiddish by Nathan Halper....

In this second part of his essay—which can be read independently of the first—Thomas Mann considers the basic errors of Nietzsche’s thought, which were foreshadowings...

To the Editor: What I like most about COMMENTARY is its cosmopolitan character. One gets the feeling that its editors and contributors are sensitive to the...

The damaging influence of mythical historical distinctions between early American settlers and later arriving ethnic groups on our immigration policy is well understood by now....

With the death of Paul Rosenfeld in 1946, we lost one of the influential personalities of the cultural renaissance that followed the First World War....

To the Editor: Mr. Hal Lehrman’s review of my book on Poland, Between Fear and Hope, in the January issue of COMMENTARY, represents such a consistent...

To the Editor: Thank you for your courtesy in sending me a copy of the article by George Lichtheim [ “England: The Citizen on Trial” ]...

The Case of Axman Teetjens The Axe of Wandsbek. by Arnold Zweig. New York, Viking, 1947. 428 pp. $3.50.   Twenty years ago, when Arnold Zweig began the tetralogy which...

The Message of Leo Baeck The Pharisees, and Other Essays. by Leo Baeck. New York, Schocken Books, 1947. 164 pp. $3.00.   The contents of this book are not new,...
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February 1948