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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 Beginning with a selection of Feuchtwanger’s unpublished writings, speeches, and interviews, the volume examines the author’s approaches to Jewish history, Zionism, Judaism’s relationship to early Christianity and to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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Figure 1. Lion Feuchtwanger, “Stellung zum Judentum. Rede vor Rabbis,” Folder D8a-40 (1940).

Figure 2. S. Sagall, “Feuchtwanger. Jewish Past and Future” (1936 or 1937).

Figure 3. Lion Feuchtwanger, “Are the Jews a Nation? The Marvel of a Vitalising Race that Has Defied History” (1927?).

Figure 4. Lion Feuchtwanger, “Einleitungsvortrag für die OSE” (date unknown).

Figure 5. Lion Feuchtwanger, “German Jews 1933 – Rede London Dez 1933,” LF D8a-33.

Figure 6. Lion Feuchtwanger, “Speech at the Occasion of the World’s Fair in the Palestine Pavilion 1940,” LF D8a-39.

Figure 7. Marta Feuchtwanger, “Why I am a Jew?” April 15, 1971, MF Collection, Box 117.

Figure 8. Volumes from Feuchtwanger’s and Sholem Aleichem’s collected works in Russian on display in the Moscow Jewish Museum. Photograph courtesy of Timmy Straw.

Figure 9. Boris Suchkov’s letter to Feuchtwanger, October 30, 1943. Courtesy of Feuchtwanger Memorial Library. Photograph by Marat Grinberg.

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