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"Enemy Number One": Lion Feuchtwanger and the Literature of Exile

A Visions and Voices event series organized by the USC Libraries

The USC Libraries are home to the papers and library of historical novelist Lion Feuchtwanger. An outspoken critic of the Nazi Party, his books were burned, and propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels declared him "Enemy Number One of the German people." The libraries recently published a new edition of The Devil in France, a memoir of his internment and escape from Vichy France to Los Angeles in 1940.

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In conjunction with the new edition of Feuchtwanger's memoir, the USC Libraries and Visions and Voices present:

Panel Discussion
Wednesday, September 29, 12:00 p.m.
Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall, 2nd floor
Doheny Memorial Library

In honor of Banned Books Week, join us for a panel discussion about censorship, political repression, and writing in exile with Feuchtwanger Fellow Christopher Mlalazi of Zimbabwe--a playwright under government surveillance for writing critically about the Mugabe regime--professors Michelle Gordon (English) and Wolf Gruner (History) of USC College; and Cornelius Schnauber, director of USC's Max Kade Institute. Marje Schuetze-Coburn of the USC Libraries will moderate.

Tour and Performance at Villa Aurora
Tuesday, October 26
Buses leave campus at 12:00 p.m. and return at 5:00 p.m.
RSVP required

Get an intimate look at Lion Feuchtwanger's life in exile by visiting his former home in Pacific Palisades, where he hosted figures like Charlie Chaplin, Thomas Mann, and Arnold Schoenberg. There, German emigres exchanged ideas about art and politics, read from works in progress, and debated their relationship to Southern California, the United States, and Europe. After a welcoming reception and tour, enjoy a reading of letters between Lion and his wife Marta Feuchtwanger from the 1930s and 1940s.

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Please contact Michaela Ullmann at or 213-740-8185 for further details.