The International Feuchtwanger Society Conference 2017, with the title ‘France as Host Country to German-speaking (in particular German-Jewish and Austrian-Jewish) Emigrés between 1933 and 1940: Forms and Media of Public Memory Culture’ was held in Paris from October 12th -14th 2017.  My paper for this conference, entitled  ‘Die Geschwister Oppermann: A German Jewish Family in Extremis’ is available here (with accompanying image set).

Die Geschwister Oppermann (1933) was the first novel by a prominent international author to provide readers outside Germany with a full account of conditions inside the Third Reich. Written as an act of resistance to the developments unfolding in Germany, it is an important and compelling work which won plaudits from reviewers and fellow authors at the time, and has been well received by critics and biographers ever since. The situation faced by the fictional Oppermann family mirrored that of the Feuchtwanger family as the Nazi dictatorship took hold.

For information on Lion Feuchtwanger’s internment in the Les Milles camp in 1940, see earlier post about the new museum & memorial site at Les Milles, which includes a link to a full digital edition of The Devil in France (English translation of Der Teufel in Frankreich (Los Angeles: USC Libraries, 2009)).

The Oppermanns (English translation of Die Geschwister Oppermann) (New York: Avalon Publishing Group, 2001)

IFS 2017 Conference Program (Conference proceedings forthcoming Autumn/Winter 2019, Peter Lang)

— Recent scholarly publications in the field:
Magali Nieradka-Steiner, Exil unter Palmen, Deutsche Emigranten in Sanary-sur-Mer (Darmstadt: Theiss, 2018)

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