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The New York Times has run a Books Section article (‘Edgar Feuchtwanger Bore Witness, Horribly Close to Hitler,’ June 2nd 2016) coinciding with Edgar’s talk at the 92nd Street Y cultural center.

Edgar has also appeared on CNN with Christiane Amanpour, June 23rd 2016. Minute 0.57: “If Hitler had known who I was, I wouldn’t be here to talk to you. My uncle Lion Feuchtwanger–who was very much a personal enemy of Hitler’s–had satirized him as Rupert Kutzner [in Erfolg], and if they had ever found out that we were the closest relations to Lion,  we would’t be here for sure.”


And also on the world’s most visited English-language newspaper website Daily Mail Online on June 23rd: “A Jewish man and one-time neighbor of Hitler has revealed what it was like to live next door to the German dictator for nine years during his rise to power. Edgar Feuchtwanger’s incredible story is made the more improbable by the fact that his uncle, Lion Feuchtwanger, was a prominent novelist and ‘personal enemy’ of Hitler at the time.”

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Edgar’s memoir Hitler, My Neighbour (Bretwalda, London), written from his own contemporary viewpoint as professional historian, was published in the United Kingdom in 2015 (see 1st October 2015 post).


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The new commemorative plaque on the front of Regerstrasse 8. The plaque on the pavement is still in place, writes Manfred Flügge (biographer of Marta Feuchtwanger and Eva Herrmann).

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Photo credits: Manfred Flügge

Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky’s film Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War  (with Tom Hanks as the voice of Waitstill Sharp) was previewed at the White House as part of the ongoing refugee debate and at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in early September, and broadcast on PBS on September 20th 2016. 7 minutes of the film are devoted to the rescue of Lion and Marta Feuchtwanger in 1940.

Further reading:


The jacket of the 2014 edition (reissued, with new material) of Wilhelm von Sternburg’s biography. The photo by E.O. Hoppé was taken at Lion Feuchtwanger’s rented apartment at Hohenzollerndamm 34 in Wilmersdorf (Berlin), writes art historian Dr. Roland Jaeger in the latest International Feuchtwanger Society newsletter (19/2016).

“In von Sternburgs Biografie ist sehr schön nachzulesen, wie Feuchtwanger zu seiner Stadt steht und die Stadt zu ihm.” Münchner Merkur