Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Hitler’s Childhood Jewish Neighbor Co-Writes Book

Edgar Feuchtwanger lived across from Hitler from 1929-1933

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: January 3rd, 2013 in Culture » Books » News

Edgar Feuchtwanger, now 88, was only 5 years old when Adolf Hitler moved into the building across from street from his childhood family home. Little did he know that his neighbor would soon become the reason why his family was nearly torn apart.

Prinzregentenplatz 16, was Hitler’s primary residence from 1929 until 1933, when he was elected Chancellor and moved from Munich to Berlin. During the 4 years that he lived at this residence, Feuchtwanger walked directly past his home daily to go to and from school.

Now, almost 80 years later, Feuchtwanger has written his memoirs with the help of French journalist, Bertil Scali. The book entitled Mon Voisin, Souvenirs D’un Enfant Juif (My Neighbor Hitler: Memories of a Jewish Child) outlines the experiences he remembers as a young boy in Germany.

“It all sounds so cozy when I talk about how I lived in the same road as Hitler, like it was not a big deal,” Feuchtwanger once told the BBC. “But it’s so difficult to think that people you saw almost on a daily basis were responsible for turning the world upside down.”

Hitler returned to Prinzregentenplatz 16 when visiting Munich until his death in 1945.

“Hitler would come to Munich at weekends. You could tell he was at home because of the cars parked outside,” Feuchtwanger said.

“He looked straight at me, I don’t think he smiled,” he said while recalling a time Hitler locked eyes with him while crossing the street with his nanny.

In 1938, Feuchtwanger’s father was arrested by the Gestapo and taken to Dachau. Luckily, he was released after 6 weeks and returned to his family. They immediately fled to the UK and never returned. Feuchtwanger currently lives in Aveyron, France.

Mon Voisin, Souvenirs D’un Enfant Juif (My Neighbor Hitler: Memories of a Jewish Child) hits shelves in France on January 10th.

Lena Dunham Reveals Book Cover and Release Date Trending
 

Israeli Satellite Will Monitor Crops from Outer Space

February 17, 2014 | By NoCamels Team

The VENS, a cooperation between Israel and France, is a satellite using a superspectral sensor that will monitor agricultural crops

Read More

Top 20 Under 40: Jody Spiegel

February 17, 2014 | By Zak Edwards

Spiegel is the Director of the Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program and International Coordinator of the International Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Azrieli Foundation

Read More

Michael Kors Discusses His Bar Mitzvah, Jewish Mothers in Interview

February 17, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Michael Kors Discusses His Bar Mitzvah, Jewish Mothers in Interview

The billionaire fashion designer and Project Runway personality revealed that his own coming-of-age ceremony was full of some ‘really ugly colors’

Read More

Rakuten To Buy Viber for $900 Million

February 17, 2014 | By Daniel Koren

The Israeli telecoms company, owned in part by Israeli-American Shabtai family, has been sold to the Japanese-based retailer and owner of Pinterest

Read More

The Nosh Pit – Kosher Filipino Recipes

February 17, 2014 | By Sarah Bauder
The Nosh Pit - Kosher Filipino Recipes

For your next family meal, why not celebrate with some traditional Filipino recipes, kosher-style?

Read More

Boca Raton Supermarket Offers Best Kosher Selection

February 17, 2014 | By Daniel Koren

Supermarket giant Winn-Dixie has introduced a selection of kosher food-items that is even larger than most kosher-only supermarkets

Read More

In the New South Park Game, Play as A Fighter, Mage, Thief, or Jew

February 17, 2014 | By Daniel Koren

The Stick of Truth, the new South Park role playing game, pokes fun at anything and everything, but particularly, Game of Thrones, and the Hebrew tribe

Read More

Portugal Follows Spain, Will Grant Nationality to Sephardic Jews

February 17, 2014 | By Itamar Eichner
Portugal Follows Spain, Will Grant Nationality to Sephardic Jews

Portuguese authorities are developing a new law that will grant nationality to Jews that were exiled or forced to covert to Christianity in the 16th century

Read More

More Headlines