The monumental work of Luigi Luzzatti on the history of religious liberty under the title of “God in Freedom”, has been made available to the English reading public, through a translation published by the Macmillan Company. Max J. Kohler, in the editor’s preface, states that this volume is the enlarged work of the author, completed in 1926. Luzzatti wrote, not as a student standing at a distance from the scene he described, but as one who had hurled himself into the thick of the battle. He championed the Scotch church, fought for the cause of religious liberty in Italy and raised his voice in behalf of his co-religionists in Russia and Roumania.
In his preface to this work, Luzzatti writes: “I am outside of all the churches; the Jewish creed, into which I grew into manhood, and all the other…. My favorite ancestor is the prophet Isaiah. I am proud of the understanding to which I have attained of the greatness of Christianity….”
Among the chapters that hold special interest for the Jews are: “The Jewish Martyrs of the Middle Ages and St. Bernard of Clairvaux,” “The Jews in Roumania”, “The Jews in Poland”, “A Message to the Hebrew University in Jerusalem”, and “The Jewish Question at the Congress of Vienna and Aix-la-Chapelle.”
There are several “American Supplementary Chapters” from the pens of the Hon. Irving Lehman, Max J. Kohler, Louis Marshall, and the Hon. William H. Taft.