“Lion Feuchtwangers Monumentalroman Erfolg über die Drachensaat des Nationalsozialismus in Bayern. […] München leuchtet wieder.” Die Welt

Johan Simons’ dramatized version of Erfolg was staged at Munich Kammerspiele in December 2010.

Johan Simons, Director, Munich Kammerspiele

In an accompanying interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Head of the City of Munich Archive Michael Stephan pointed out that the novel is easily understood, including by those unfamiliar with the history of the emergence of the Nazi Party in Munich, and called it “a wonderfully dense novel that skilfully captures the period atmosphere of 1920s Bavaria”.

Michael Stephan, Head of the City of Munich Archive

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Filmmaker Oskar Roehler

Veit Harlan’s 1940 propaganda film Jud Süss was the focal point of Oskar Roehler’s 2010 film Jud Süss – Film ohne Gewissen, starring Tobias Moretti, Martina Gedeck and Moritz Bleibtreu. Notwithstanding its A-list cast, Roehler’s film received scathing reviews for deviating from the facts–for example in Spiegel Online (“New ‘Jud Süss’ flops as Faustian tragedy“).

Interestingly, shortly before his death Lion Feuchtwanger entered into correspondence with London literary agency Curtis Brown about the possibility of a further cinematic version of the Joseph Süss Oppenheimer story. That is evident from the following 5th May 1958 letter which, thanks to a family connection, we recently unearthed in the Martin Secker Bridgefoot Archive.

Further viewing: Felix Moeller’s 2009 film Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Süss

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