Lion Feuchtwanger’s travel report Moscow 1937 is the subject of a new book by Dr. Anne Hartmann (University of Bochum). To mark its publication, Freie Universität Berlin held a symposium and Stanislavsky Electrotheatre in Moscow held a book launch.
How well did Lion Feuchtwanger understand Stalin and the Soviet experiment, and what was going through his mind when he was interviewing Stalin on January 8th, 1937, asks Dr. Hartmann in her excellent monograph.
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In Moscow 1937 Lion Feuchtwanger was supportive of Stalin and his regime, as it was evident that a war against fascist Germany would not be winnable without the Soviet Union. However, there are question marks over why in later life Feuchtwanger stuck staunchly to his vision of reality under the Soviet system.
Recent analysis in English can be found in ‘Lion Feuchtwanger and the Culture of Remembrance′, in Against the Eternal Yesterday, (Los Angeles: Figueroa Press/USC Libraries, 2009), and in ‘Russia’s Mythic Attraction: Lion Feuchtwanger in Moscow, 1937′, in Germano-Slavica 8 (1993).
‘Moscow 1937: The Interpreter’s Story’ (ASEEES Vol. 21, Nos. 1-2 (2007), 73-95) gives an insider’s view.