Remembering My Good Friends, by George Weidenfeld
To the world at large, George Weidenfeld is best known as a publisher, the co-founder and head of a famous London-based firm. In a somewhat smaller world, he is no less renowned for the dizzying range of his social connections. These aspects of his life naturally occupy a leading place in his newly published memoirs. But they are far from being the whole story: the book also contains a great deal of broad historical interest—and of Jewish interest in particular.
Weidenfeld was born in Vienna in 1919. His father, who came from a small town in Galicia, was a frustrated academic with an abiding passion for Latin who eventually prospered as the director of an insurance company. On his mother’s side, he was descended from the Horovitzes, a celebrated rabbinical dynasty.
About the Author
John Gross is the editor most recently of The New Oxford Book of Literary Anecdotes. His “Mr. Virginia Woolf” appeared in the December 2006 COMMENTARY.