In Memoriam: Vivian David Lipman CVO, DPhil, FSA, FRHistS 1921-1990

Vivian Lipman was a civil servant of great distinction, an historian of the front rank in his chosen fields, and a pious Jew. His piety and faith are essential ingredients in understanding his character and outlook.

He was a family man and a private man. He was rarely at ease in the public glare. Vivian was deeply attached to our heritage, and to the study, including the private study, of its sources, and of the media through which over the ages our religious, cultural and literary inheritance has been channelled, moulded and perceived. He also had a high degree of public spiritedness for society as a whole, for the efficacy of its institutions and for social relations. His instinctive interest in history reflected an interest in people, and was not confined to the Jewish sector. His extensive reading of British history was in part a reflection of his patriotism. His

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