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judgments can be seriously challenged.

The one-volume Encyclopedia of Jewish Knowledge is a worthwhile contribution to the Jewish book shelf, one that brings honor to its editor and publisher. Coming at a time when no Jewish encyclopedia in English is more current than twenty-five years old, the least that can be said for it is that it fills a gap between Dr. Singer’s work and any future project that may present a more complete recording of Jewish existence.

Three features of the encyclopedia are particularly impressive and warrant special mention. Biographies of all those important figures who lived prior to the fall of the Jewish state in 70 are included. If these are arranged in chronological order, they will provide a fairly detailed review of Jewish history to that date. Secondly: The articles on Palestine, Jerusalem and other phases of modern Zionism are written, for the most part, by Mr. de Haas himself. Thirdly: Mr. de Haas compiled a very interesting table, “Original Jewish Contributions to Civilization.” It is an answer to the anti-Semite’s charge that the Jew has not contributed his part to the progress of civilization.

Henry W. Levy.

KLEIN’S KENTUCKIAN

Norman Klein’s new book, “Terror by Night,” portrays the first sleuth who is a Kentuckian by birth and affable habits. Mr. Klein’s mother was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and the Kentuckian in his story has the admirable qualities of courage, kindliness and humor.

Octavus Roy Cohen’s novel, “Transient Lady,” will be filmed by Universal under the same title with Henry Hull playing the star ###

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