The Himmelfarb Declaration
These are tough economic times, so everyone should appreciate that Gertrude Himmelfarb has frugally packed two important books into one compact volume entitled The People of the Book. The first is a history in the classic Himmelfarbian manner: learned, humane, and elegant. It tells the story of those Englishmen and Englishwomen who championed tolerance and equal rights for England’s Jews, starting with Oliver Cromwell and culminating with Winston Churchill. The second book, embedded in the first, is a shrewd and delicate essay—not about the English past, but about the English present and future.
The history concisely recounts the story of English philo-Semitism. The essay deftly seeks to rebut and counter the new English anti-Semitism.
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