The house in which Whittaker Chambers wrote Witness burned down three months ago. I reported on the fire here, here, and here. My professional interest in the story drew from my 2007 article in National Review on an eminent domain threat to the Chambers property. I spent a day at the Chambers farm with John Chambers (Whittaker’s son) and Mauricio Tamargo, who runs a non-profit group dedicated to preserving the property. The Weekly Standard summarized the farm’s travails.
A great line from Witness–there are so many, it’s hard to choose one–composed in the house that no longer exists:
Economics is not the central problem of this century. It is a relative problem which can be solved in relative ways. Faith is the central problem of this age. The Western world does knot know it, but it already possesses the answer to this problem–but only provided that its faith in God and the freedom He enjoins is as great as Communism’s faith in Man.