PRINCE OF THE GHETTO by Maurice Samuel


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Self-styled as an ""interpreter of Jewish values"", Samuel here has collected the folk tales of the almost legendary Isaac Loeb Perez, a Polish Jew of Warsaw, who died in 1914. The stories are presented sometimes with comment from the author, sometimes just as they were translated, and again have been retold by Samuel with skill and fine feeling. These tales and fables, moored fast in Jewish psychology and tradition, were prepared not so much for Jews as gentiles. Their understanding and appreciation in the deep sense calls for not only good will, but ""an intellectual effort"", on the part of the reader. All reflect the paradox of the unchanging solidarities of this race, and the need for the abandonment of that which is useless and retardative in a modern world. Its intended market may however be difficult to contact particularly with this type of material.

Pub Date: Sept. 20th, 1948
Publisher: Knopf