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Lion Feuchtwanger: The Oppermanns

Revised translation and Introduction by Joshua Cohen

(Fiction, 380 pp.1933 / 2022)

Originally published in 1933 as antisemitic brutality erupted into mainstream German life, the book presents a thinly veiled fictional account of tragic events in real time. It was “intended to sound an alarm,” according to the book’s new introduction by Joshua Cohen (The Netanyahus). The fearsome vision of unfolding events anticipated social and cultural revolutions that continue to haunt the current political landscape.


Excerpt from WBUR, January 10, 2023

Excerpt from Persuasion, October 14, 2022

Full text of 1934 edition from the Internet Archive, n.d.

Review by Donald Weber, The Jewish Book Council, December 5, 2022

Review by Joshua Cohen, The New York Times, October 5, 2022

Review by Pamela Paul, The New York Times (in The Salt Lake Tribune), October 10, 2022

Review by Marco Roth, Tablet, June 29, 2022

Review by Jens Cruse, Politico Magazine, November 28, 2018

Review by Kirkus Reviews, July 26, 2022

Review by Sabine Peschel, DW, October 8, 2018

Review by Gal Beckerman, The Atlantic, December 19, 2022

Background, plot, and context from Wikipedia

Lion Feuchtwanger biography, in Holocaust Encyclopedia, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, n.d.