Edgar Feuchtwanger

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Edgar Joseph Feuchtwanger (born 28 September 1924) is a German-British historian.

Life and work[edit]

Feuchtwanger was born in Munich. He is the son of Erna Rosina (née Rheinstrom) and lawyer, lecturer, and author Ludwig Feuchtwanger, and a nephew of novelist and playwright Lion Feuchtwanger. His family was Jewish.[1] As a child, he lived with his family in Munich near the private residence of Adolf Hitler on Grillparzer Strasse.[2] From 1935 to 1938 he attended the Maximilian school in his hometown.

Feuchtwanger was 14 when the Gestapo arrested his father on Nov. 10, 1938, part of the coordinated pogrom known as Kristallnacht, which included the detentions of 30,000 Jews in Austria and Germany, the deaths of 91 and the widespread ransacking of Jewish-owned stores and synagogues. The elder man was then imprisoned at the Dachau concentration camp, and 14-year-old Edgar’s sense of security crumbled.[3]

When his father was released six weeks later, the family managed to obtain entry visas to Britain, and in February 1939, Edgar boarded a train bound for London. His father accompanied him as far as the Dutch border and then returned to Germany to finish arrangements for him and his wife to follow. In May of that year the family was reunited in England. From 1944 to 1947 he studied at Magdalene College in Cambridge, where he received his doctorate in 1958. From 1959 he taught history at University of Southampton[4] until he retired in 1989.[5]In 2003 he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit.[6]

In 2012, Feuchtwanger co-authored a book with French journalist Bertil Scali describing his childhood brushes with Hitler: Hitler, mon voisin – Souvenirs d'un enfant juif (My Neighbor Hitler – Memories of a Jewish Child).[7] It was published in English as I was Hitler's Neighbour.

Published works[edit]

  • Disraeli, Democracy and the Tory Party – Oxford University Press; First edition (August 1968)
  • Prussia: Myth and Reality – Oswald Wolff Limited; First Edition (1970)
  • From Weimar to Hitler: Germany, 1918-33 – Palgrave Macmillan; 2nd Revised edition (1995) ISBN 0333640527
  • Disraeli - Bloomsbury USA (April 28, 2000)
  • Imperial Germany 1850-1918 – Published by Routledge (May 4, 2001)
  • Bismarck – Routledge; 1 edition (August 9, 2002)
  • Albert and Victoria – Hambledon Continuum (June 1, 2007)
  • Hitler, mon voisin – Souvenirs d'un enfant juif [My Neighbor Hitler – Memories of a Jewish Child] - Éditions Michel Lafon (2013), with Bertil Scali (in French)


  1. ^ "Edgar Feuchtwanger: A Jewish childhood on Hitler's street". BBC News. 2012-11-09. 
  2. ^ "I Was Hitler's Neighbour". History Today. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  3. ^ http://www.timesofisrael.com/a-jewish-refugee-recalls-his-neighbor-from-hell-hitler/
  4. ^ "'The Bloke who Lived Opposite Hitler'". University of Southampton. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Edgar Feuchtwanger Aktuelle Autobiographie" (in German). Offizielles Portal zum Internationalen Lion Feuchtwanger-Jahr. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Lanchin, Mike (2012-11-09). "Edgar Feuchtwanger: A Jewish childhood on Hitler's street". BBC News. Retrieved 2013-01-03. 
  7. ^ "Hitler's Jewish neighbor co-authors memoir". Haaretz. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-03. 

External links[edit]

  • Hitler mon voisin, documentary by Bertil Scali and François Bordes. Kuiv Productions. (in French)