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From the June 1948 issue

Saul Tschernichowsky was born in 1875 in the village of Michailovka, in the Russian Crimea, a birthplace that set him apart from most Hebrew writers...

In “New Haven: The Jewish Community” (COMMENTARY, November 947) Charles Reznikoff drew a portrait of the Jewry of a middle-sized New England city. Here is...

On May 15 Britain ended its twenty-five-year mandate over Palestine in an atmosphere of bitterness and mutual recrimination. The Empire had “washed its hands” of...

When President Truman recognized the new state of Israel, observers of American policy on Palestine—as well as American delegates to the United Nations—had reason to...

In times when the month-by-month march of events is of such a character as to give little comfort to the hopes of men in general,...

Not long ago, the tendency was to explain the individual as completely the product of society. More recently, this tendency has been reversed: the individual...

An Emasculated Abram Abram Son of Terah. by Florence Marvyne Bauer. New York, Bobbs-Merrill, 1948. 406 pp. $3.00.   Miss Bauer’s housewifely archaeology has somehow concealed the fact that the...

Current labor-management struggles and tensions seem to most observers to mark a critical stage in postwar industrial relations, with serious implications, not only for the...

To the Editor: I am writing you in reference to the recent article entitled “Equality or Fraternities?” in the May COMMENTARY. . . . The article is...

Warm Sundays, the excursion ships Pass our watching bench, en route To Hellgate and the other bridge. Silently we sit and look Underneath our Sunday paper At their waves’ end....

To the Editor: I was interested to read that excellent article on “Civil Liberties and the Communists” by Robert Bendiner in the May number of COMMENTARY....

Truth, Freedom, and Authority Community of the Free. by Yves Simon. New York, Henry Holt, 1947. 172 pp. $3.00.   Presented with John Dewey’s A Common Faith—a faith independent of...

In the April and May issues of COMMENTARY, Jean-Paul Sartre wrote on “The Situation of the Jew,” and drew a “Portrait of the Inauthentic Jew.”...

To the Editor: J. Glenn Gray’s article, “Munich University: Class of ’50” in the May issue is one of the most informing and realistic that has...

Ritual and Nature Man and Temple in Ancient Jewish Myth and Ritual. by Raphael Patai. London, Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1947. 227 pp. 8s. 6d.   The study of folklore...

This year marks the seventieth anniversary of the birth of Martin Buber. His pioneer work in collecting and preserving the Hasidic legends is known to...

The World of Fabianism Our Partnership. by Beatrice Webb. New York-London-Toronto, Longmans Green, 1948. 491 pp. $6.00.   Beatrice Webb died in 1943 without having completed the record of her...

To the Editor: In Hannah Arendt’s article in the May COMMENTARY, “To Save the Jewish Homeland,” the statement which is the basic one on the attitudes...

“Socialist Realism” Soviet Literature Today. by George Reavey. New Haven, Yale University Press, 1947. 187 pp. $3.50.   George Reavey, an Englishman born in Russia, was for three years a...

The Southern Temper The Circus in the Attic and other Stories. by Robert Penn Warren. New York, Harcourt, Brace, 1948. 276 pp. $3.00.   If, as one critic of his...

The Maccabees as Moderates The Maccabees. by Elias Bickerman. Translated by Moses Hadas. New York, Schocken Books, 1947. (Schocken Library, No. 6.) 125 pp. $1.50.   The Maccabees, and especially...

How can one forget one’s dread of the forest of Tarnopol, although removed in time by a quarter of a century? It wasn’t a forest of...

To the Editor: I greatly appreciate seeing the review of Albert Sears in the April issue, and in terms of the high standards Mr. Baldwin sets...

A gifted writer in his own right, Maurice Samuel is also one of the finest practitioners of that most tricky and difficult art—the art of...

To the Editor: I find myself very much in sympathy with James Baldwin’s approach to the five “protest novels” reviewed in the April issue of COMMENTARY. His...
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June 1948