Part 80: Tuesday 15th August 1961, 9.20 pm

The second day of the third week of the holiday. Concocted a review-article on Der Jüdische Witz by Salcia Landmann for The Jewish Quarterly. Must try to get something for it, and the review I did of God’s Wilderness in the previous issue over the initials PAM (with which I am rather pleased – Peloni Almoni Mechudash).

[For] about a year I wrote a full page or more for The Young Zionist (in 1934/5) under the pen-name of Peloni Almoni. And that since then I have resolved that whatever I write, however tripey it is, will be written over my full name. On the grounds that my name would have been known in Zionist/Anglo-Jewish circles and that I would have been able to exploit the publicity. But would I, even if I could have. I had always had rooted objections to being a Zionist official.

Fritz and Esther Ben Aharon here on a visit. She – her father a Witriol, her mother a Balin (my mum’s dad a Balin). They lost their daughter a year or so ago – Tirza, when Tirza was about eighteen. She had been suffering from – I don’t know the technical term –  but for years she could only walk, talk with difficulty. Esther and Fritz fine Chalutz [ Hebrew for a pioneer] types. Esther obviously shattered, but behaved very bravely here. We have entertained them, so have Mum & Sam [brother] & Lily [his wife]. Very difficult for all of us: we have the two kids, who are now more than a handful, bless ’em; Mum, ken en hora [Yiddish –without the evil eye] is 82; Lily is recovering from an operation, Sam had been looking forward to a fortnight’s respite…on Tuesday he went to M/C to see a manufacturer, on Thursday he took them to the National Gallery – and he has a cold anyway.

Am trying to sell up the old library. Have packed up books for Sulzbacher: a run of Jewish Monthlies, Danby’s Mishna, Friedlander’s Guide, etc; coming to just over £5…. Had I not been in such a hurry I would have kept a few [Jewish Monthlies] with some humorous pieces in them – they might have come in useful if I am ever invited again to lecture on Jewish Wit and Humour. Edith just finished off the ironing, 10pm. This, be it noted, is when we are on holiday. There can be no question of going away until the summer of 1963, unless, which is unlikely, I receive some exceptionally lucrative translating commissions. It’s not too bad for me. At least I got away, travelled, for ten days. And I must go away next Easter too. E. has never, I think, been away from the house for more than eight hours at a stretch. Must try to remember this when the inevitable frictions occur.

Young Michael Youngerwood taken to hospital with virus infection; understand much better now.

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Joseph Witriol’s Journal – Part 26: No Asch in Yehoshua

Tuesday, October 1st 1958, 8.25 p.m.

The first day of Edith’s “retirement”. I called for her at her office yesterday. her colleagues had presented her with layette-stuff; very moving, really. We celebrated in a mild way by dining at the Strand palace. E. naturally revels in her new-found leisure, though it remains to be seen whether she will revel quite so much as time advances and she finds herself “confined to barracks” and having to work to a tight budget. The change has been a relief to me, too. To-night I was able to listen to a talk on the wireless, make this entry and I stand a fair chance of being able to listen-in for an additional hour and have a bath. Under the old dispensation I would have had to go to the launderette (which to-day Edith was able to do in the morning), do all the washing-up (to enable Edith to get on with the ironing, which she will now be able to do in daylight hours) and so on.

I started taking my French class at the Clapton & Kingsland Evening Institute the Monday before last. Thirty-one students! Which means the class should last throughout the session. Only 30/- a night; probably leaves me with about 17/6 after deducting tax, fares, teas; but I have nothing more lucrative with which to occupy the time.

I “preached” at the kids’ services on the Yomim Nowroim [“The High Holidays”] at Highgate Shool. Difficult to know what to say to them. They were an awkward age group; the oldest – one or two only – about 13; too young to give ’em much meat. Must try to work up a collection of “stories.” The young chap who “takes” the service ( for a fee, I have reason to believe – why not, I take a fee for my Sunday-school teaching) was rather weak, unfortunately; couldn’t sing, or even read Hebrew at all decently (he read, or tried to read, Israeli, which would have been all right if he could have done it).

My translation from the German of a – rather drippy – article by Max Brod and also, from the Hebrew, of a quite intelligent article by Yehoshua Bar-Yossef appeared in the last issue of The Jewish Quarterly I was given full translator’s credits. Unfortunately my translation of the latter article, which was largely a complaint about the poor quality of Hebrew-English translating, was rushed (I did it all – about 1500 words English text – on the Friday preceding the Saturday on which we left for Crikvenica) and could have been better. I had no time even to type my rough draft; anyway the printed text has elementary grammatical errors like: “translators of sufficient high standards” which, whether originally my fault or not, will not redound to my credit. I’d never heard of Yehoshua Bar-Yossef before. Apparently he’s a well-known Israeli author, & writes in Yiddish, too. He complains Hebrew has no translator, as Sholem Asch had, of the calibre of Maurice Samuel. The answer’s obvious enough. Let’s have a Hebrew Asch, and I won’t let him down!

Articles kept in cuttings book

TITLE/DATE PUBLICATION COMMENTS, LINKS ETC PAYMENT
       
BALDUR MADE HISTORY 25/9/1941 EGYPTIAN GAZETTE  WESTERN DESERT PAGE 50 PIASTRES (10/-)
DESERT ENGLISH 10/10/1941 EGYPTIAN GAZETTE WESTERN DESERT PAGE 50 PIASTRES (10/-)
WINTER DRAWERS ON c. November 1941 EGYPTIAN GAZETTE WESTERN DESERT PAGE 50 PIASTRES (10/-)
I MISSED THE BRIDE 11/09/1943 TRIPOLI TIMES “I presume that… I asked for payment” NO PAYMENT
YIDDISH – THREAT OF ITS “RAPID DISAPPEARANCE”  18/04/1947 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE   £3-3-0
THE HEBREW OF THE BIBLE 12/09/1947 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE   £3-3-0
THE HEBREW OF THE MISHNA 20/08/1948 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE   £4-4-0
THE OLD TESTAMENT AS LITERATURE August 1949 THE JEWISH MONTHLY “I returned the cheque, but the JM re-returned it…” £2-2-0
MODERN HEBREW AND MR KOESTLER 16/12/1949 ZIONIST REVIEW   £3-3-0
YOUNG ZIONISTS NEVER DIE! 30/12/1949 ZIONIST REVIEW   £3-3-0
HEBREW UNLIMITED 06/01/1950 ZIONIST REVIEW PLUS EXPENSES £2-2-0
HEINE THE JEW July 1950 THE JEWISH MONTHLY editor advised that he received several  letters expressing admiration for article £2-2-0
ANGLO-JEWRY AND MODERN HEBREW 01/09/1950 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE   £6-0-0
I SHOULD LIVE SO! 22/06/1951 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE note added re sub-editing £5-5-0
THE ANGLO-JEWISH HERITAGE 14/09/1951 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE ink corrections added where printed article deviated from his original typescript £4-4-0
MACHMANSHIP 19/10/1951 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE follow-up letters in 9/11/51 issue Original typescript £6-6-0
MEMOIRS OF A JEWISH MOTHER 16/11/1951 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE   £6-6-0
SHADCHANSHIP 29/02/1952 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE  Original typescript £6-6-0
OFFN PRIPPETCHEK 27/06/1952 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE   £7-7-0
THE KOL NIDREI PRAYER 26/09/1952 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE  Original typescript £5-5-0
THE HEBREW-ARAMAIC ELEMENTS IN THE YIDDISH LANGUAGE 01/05/1953 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE follow-up letters in subsequent issues £8-8-0
THE YOUNG TCHERNICHOVSKI 25/09/1953 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE  Original typescript £5-5-0
LONDON’S LIBRARIES OF JEWISH INTEREST 08/01/1954 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE “much cut” from his Original typescript £5-5-0
SHOCKLING IN THE BALANCE 09/04/1954 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE  Original typescript £5-5-0
WHAT IS A YIDDISHISM? 28/05/1954 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE   £4-4-0
HEINREICH HEINE: Two Studies of His Thought and Feeling by William Rose  06/04/1956 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE BOOK REVIEW (W Rose reviewed HH book trans. by JW in 3/8/56 JC) £5-5-0
SOME YIDDISH LOCUTIONS Summer 1956 THE JEWISH QUARTERLY note re JC review of JQ quoting this article £2-2-0
OTHER PEOPLE’S VINEYARDS Literary Essays by D Daiches Autumn 1956 THE JEWISH QUARTERLY BOOK REVIEW “mangled editorially” £1-1-0
PROFESSOR’S POET Heinrich Heine by E Butler 18/01/1957 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE BOOK REVIEW Original typescript £2-2-0
TRAGEDY OF HEINE Heinreich Heine: A Biographical Anthology Ed. H Bieber 07/06/1957 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE BOOK REVIEW £2-2-0
YIDDISH HUMOUR Handbook of Jewish Words and Expressions by C Hawkins 22/11/1957 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE “My heading was Huz Bizioniss? (…the allusion too recondite…)” £1-11-6
WHO IS A JEW? A Reply to Mr. Ben-Gurion 15/05/1959 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE second prize in Essay Competition £26-5-0
LETTER TO A BAAL SIMCHA 04/03/1960 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE note about article and sketches by Edith Witriol Original typescript £5-5-0
PSYCHOLOGIST-ENTERTAINER How to Live With Yourself by M Banks 09/06/1961 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE BOOK REVIEW not noted
ENFANT PERDU Heine, The Tragic Satirist by S Prawer 25/08/1961 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE BOOK REVIEW “approx. the first third of my “copy”!  Handwritten draft not noted
POLISH RUSSIAN ELEMENTS IN YIDDISH 16/02/1962 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE noted as reprint (?) See also Journal Part 89 £11-11-0
THE OTHER GERMANY From Gottsched to Hebbel by G Mason 13/04/1962 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE BOOK REVIEW  various corrections/errors noted £3-3-0
IN OLD VIENNA Karl Kraus…by H Kohn 12/10/1962 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE BOOK REVIEW Original typescript £5-0-0
BEYOND REALISM Blood From the Sky by P Rawicz 15/05/1964 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE BOOK REVIEW £3-13-6
MOTHERS AND SONS Vertical and Horizontal by L Ross/ Because I was Flesh by E Dahlberg 22/05/1964 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE BOOK REVIEW £4-4-0
MASSACRE IN MAYENCE Belmarsh by C Davis  18/09/1964 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE BOOK REVIEW – not in cuttings book £3-13-6
BOY FROM ORPHANAGE The Woman From Bessarabia by M Levinson 06/11/1964 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE BOOK REVIEW £4-4-0
A WANDERING TAILOR The Stormy Life of Laz Roitshvantz by I Ehrenburg 12/03/1965 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE BOOK REVIEW £7-7-0
MILK FOR THE MIKVA Valley of Exile by I Olbracht 27/08/1965 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE BOOK REVIEW £6-6-0
WHAT’S IN A NAME? 05/11/1965 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE   £12-0-0
HIGH JINKS IN INDIA Clown on Fire by A Judah 03/12/1965 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE BOOK REVIEW £3-3-0
YIDDISH HUMOUR Royte Pomerantsen, or How to Laugh in Yiddish ed. I Olsvanger 11/03/1966 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE BOOK REVIEW £4-0-0
A VANISHED WORLD Dvinsk: Its Rise and Decline by Y Flior 25/03/1966 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE BOOK REVIEW £4-0-0
NOTHING BUT A POET Heine by M Spann 31/03/1967 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE BOOK REVIEW “commissioned May 6th 1966!” not noted
A TRAGIC LANGUAGE Voices From The Yiddish eds. I Howe and E Greenberg 24/03/1972 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE BOOK REVIEW comment about article’s genesis not noted
LID OFF HASMONEAN 04/11/1977 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE lengthy comment about background to article not noted
WOMEN DON’T COUNT 29/09/1978 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE   £30.00
TORAH – NEW LIGHT FOR OLD 27/10/1978 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE “…title changed, and large chunks hacked out…” not noted
A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO SHULMANSHIP 09/11/1979 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE   £30.00
J AND NON-J VOCAB 29/02/1980 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE lengthy comment about background to article £30.00
ADVANCED SHULMANSHIP 07/11/1980 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE “probably my feeblest effort of all time…” £40.00
YIDDISH AND GERMAN Autumn 1981 THE INCORPORATED LINGUIST also long letter in Spring 1982 issue not noted
NAMING NAMES 31/01/1986 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE   not noted
CAN’T WOMEN MAKE UP A MINYAN? 05/09/1986 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE   not noted
CELEBRATING THE SABBATH IN GOURMET STYLE 13/01/1989 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE
lengthy comment about background to article.
 Follow-up letters in subsequent issues
£50.00