Hitler, My Neighbor (Hardcover)

Memories of a Jewish Childhood, 1929-1939

By Edgar Feuchtwanger, Bertil Scali, Adriana Hunter (Translated by)

Other Press, 9781590518649, 224pp.

Publication Date: November 7, 2017

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Description

An eminent historian recounts the Nazi rise to power from his unique perspective as a young Jewish boy in Munich, living with Adolf Hitler as his neighbor. 

Edgar Feuchtwanger came from a prominent German-Jewish family--the only son of a respected editor and the nephew of a best-selling author, Lion Feuchtwanger. He was a carefree five-year-old, pampered by his parents and his nanny, when Adolf Hitler, the leader of the Nazi Party, moved into the building opposite theirs in Munich. 

In 1933 the joy of this untroubled life was shattered. Hitler had been named Chancellor. Edgar's parents, stripped of their rights as citizens, tried to protect him from increasingly degrading realities. In class, his teacher had him draw swastikas, and his schoolmates joined the Hitler Youth. 

Watching events unfold from his window, Edgar bore witness to the Night of the Long Knives, the Anschluss, and Kristallnacht. Jews were arrested; his father was imprisoned at Dachau. In 1939 Edgar was sent on his own to England, where he would make a new life, a career, have a family, and strive to forget the nightmare of his past--a past that came rushing back when he decided, at the age of eighty-eight, to tell the story of his buried childhood and his infamous neighbor.


About the Author

Edgar Feuchtwanger was born in Munich in 1924 and immigrated to England in 1939. He studied at Cambridge University and taught history at the University of Southampton until he retired in 1989, and his major works include From Weimar to Hitler, Disraeli and Imperial Germany 1850-1918. In 2003 he received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for promoting Anglo-German relations. 

Bertil Scali is a French journalist. From 1992 to 2004 he wrote for a variety of magazines and newspapers, and he now works as a freelance author and editor. He wrote and co-directed a TV documentary about Edgar Feuchtwanger's childhood in Munich, and is the author of Villa Windsor.


Praise For Hitler, My Neighbor: Memories of a Jewish Childhood, 1929-1939

“The title says it all. A young Jewish boy growing up in Munich in the 1930s, Feuchtwanger writes about living across the street from Hitler, the future mass murderer he could see through his window.” NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

“Composed of diaristic vignettes, Hitler, My Neighbor offers a singular portrait of 1930s Germany, unique both for its intimate glimpses of Hitler in semi-private moments and for its point of view. The narrative unfolds from a child’s perspective but benefits from an adult historian’s attention to detail.” NEWSWEEK

“He can’t wrap his mind around the contradictions, but neither can many adults. Illuminating how it was possible for so many to be so confused is the book’s great achievement.” NEW YORKER

“Remarkable." MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

“An intimate look at the horror wrought by Hitler.” KIRKUS REVIEWS

"Feuchtwanger is an excellent writer. He wisely focuses on the senses, an especially significant technique for authors of childhood experiences. He sees the world through the eyes of a child, yet delivers from the aspect of an adult trained in writing history. The result is an exceptionally powerful and emotionally charged story." NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS

HITLER, MY NEIGHBOR is a rare look at the conflicted, often horrifying childhood of a Jewish boy in Nazi Germany.” BOOKREPORTER

“Edgar Feuchtwanger’s captivating memoir brings an enigmatic and terrifying neighbor—glimpsed through a child’s eyes—into the heart of a Jewish family’s home life, where discussions revolve around how to make sense of Germany’s descent into fascism and, ultimately, how to survive it. —Despina Stratigakos, author of Hitler at Home