The People of the Book

December 2nd, 2011 at 12:54 am David Frum | 5 Comments |

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In the current Commentary, I review Gertrude Himmelfarb’s new book, The People of the Book: Philosemitism in England from Cromwell to Churchill.

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  • Bingham

    Ordem e Progreso

  • Graychin

    Oops! The review is behind a paywall.

  • ottovbvs

    Yep, the Brits as in many things have tended to lead the world in tolerance. Their record isn’t perfect but in relative terms it’s way ahead of most peoples. The Jews in Britain haven’t been an oppressed class since the 17th century. Their civil disabilities lasted into the 19th century but no longer than those imposed on Catholics. The sort of minor social exclusions that lasted here until the 1940′s had disappeared in Britain by the late 19th century. In the thirties they took in large numbers of German Jewish children who we turned back. It’s a good record. Btw Nanotek I read that review you linked to which spends a lot of time on the depiction of Jews in English literature and pillories Anthony Trollope somewhat. It’s probably true he was slightly anti semitic but I think this largely arose from his dislike of the destruction of the traditional landed Squirearchy and standards of morality by the burgeoning financial community and much of this was Jewish in origin. He was even more jaundiced about the British aristocracy who emerge in much worse shape from his allegedly most anti semitic novel The Way We Live Now.

    • Nanotek

      “… In the thirties they took in large numbers of German Jewish children who we turned back.”

      that and the internment of Americans because of their race during WWII are days that live in infamy, for me …
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_St._Louis

      “Btw Nanotek I read that review you linked to which spends a lot of time on the depiction of Jews in English literature and pillories Anthony Trollope somewhat. It’s probably true he was slightly anti semitic but I think this largely arose from his dislike of the destruction of the traditional landed Squirearchy and standards of morality by the burgeoning financial community and much of this was Jewish in origin. He was even more jaundiced about the British aristocracy who emerge in much worse shape from his allegedly most anti semitic novel The Way We Live Now”

      Thanks, ottovbvs … was just trying to get a non-paid reviewing site for us … read through it to make sure I wasn’t linking to something with a hidden agenda but am no scholar on such things …