Events | Reading: Feuchtwanger Diaries

Los Angeles | December 13, 2018 | 7:30 PM

Reading from: “Ein möglichst intensives Leben"


U.S. premiere of the publication of Lion Feuchtwanger’s diaries

with Prof. Oliver Mayer

Translated into English by Dr. Zaia Alexander


Reading from selected passages (in English translation) by Professor Oliver Mayer (USC School of Dramatic Arts), followed by a discussion with editors Marje Schuetze-Coburn and Michaela Ullmann (USC Libraries), moderated by Friedel Schmoranzer (Villa Aurora).  

During his lifetime, German-Jewish novelist Lion Feuchtwanger claimed not to keep a diary. Yet, in the 1990s, a treasure trove of his diaries from the years 1906-1940 was found in the apartment of Feuchtwanger’s long-time secretary Hilde Waldo. Now, for the first time ever, these diaries have been published by Aufbau publishing house in Berlin, allowing us to get to know Feuchtwanger as a chronicler of his life and of a central part of German history. As an outspoken critic of the national-socialists, Feuchtwanger, who was on a reading tour in the U.S., could not return to Germany when Hitler became chancellor in January 1933. Instead, he and his wife Marta went into exile in the south of France where he was able to continue his success as a writer and as a resistance fighter, and where he continued to quench his thirst for love affairs and life in general.  


An event in collaboration with USC Libraries

Location: Villa Aurora, 520 Paseo Miramar, Los Angeles, CA 90272

Admission is free

RSVP mandatory via 310.454-4231 or

Street Parking is available on Los Liones Drive. Shuttle service starts at 6:30 pm from Los Liones Drive, off Sunset Boulevard two blocks North East of Pacific Coast Highway.

Please do not park on the Topanga State Park Lot!


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