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Feuchtwanger and Judaism

History, Imagination, Exile

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Edited By Paul Lerner and Frank Stern

This collection of essays is devoted to the Jewish themes that ran through Lion Feuchtwanger’s life, works and worlds. Beginning with a selection of Feuchtwanger’s unpublished writings, speeches, and interviews, the volume examines the author’s approaches to Jewish history, Zionism, Judaism’s relationship to early Christianity and to eastern religions, and Jewish identity through his works, above all his historical fiction. Essays also trace translations of his works into English and Russian, and the meaning of his writing for various communities of Jewish and non-Jewish readers in Britain, North America, and the Soviet Union. A final section frames the issues around Feuchtwanger and Jewishness more broadly by considering the condition of exile and expanding the focus to communities of émigré writers and political figures in North America and beyond.
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11 Aufbau: The Bridge between America and Europe during Lion Feuchtwanger’s Years in Exile (Marje Schuetze-Coburn)

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Marje Schuetze-Coburn

11 Aufbau: The Bridge between America and Europe during Lion Feuchtwanger’s Years in Exile

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This paper provides a review and analysis of Aufbau [Reconstruction], the German-Jewish newspaper published in New York between 193 and 2004.1 This survey will focus on the first fifteen years of the journal from its creation though the years that Lion Feuchtwanger served on the Advisory Board. Primary areas of focus will include investigating Aufbau as the premiere news source for German-Jewish exiles in the United States and delving into Lion Feuchtwanger’s involvement with the newspaper exploring his role as a respected spokesperson for the exiles and supporter of the journal.

History of Aufbau

Aufbau played a critical role in the lives of German-speaking exiles in the United States. This publication began in New York in December 1934 as a monthly newsletter for the German-Jewish Club, Inc., established on the club’s tenth anniversary. The German-Jewish Club, founded in December 1924 by eight German-Jewish immigrants, was created to foster intellectual growth, organize social gatherings and develop friendships among like-minded individuals. As outlined in the club’s articles of association: “Der Zweck des Klubs ist die Heranbildung seiner Mitglieder zu guten amerikanischen Bürgern und zu selbstbewussten, aufrechten Juden, namentlich←247 | 248→ durch Vermittlung jüdischer und allgemeiner Geistesgüter.”2 In 1931 the German-Jewish Club merged with the German-Jewish Center, a separate organization located on the East Side with a similar mission. The German-Jewish Club...

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