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The Oppermanns (The Wartesaal Trilogy #2)

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First published in 1934 but fully imagining the future of Germany over the ensuing years, The Oppermanns tells the compelling story of a remarkable German Jewish family confronted by Hitler's rise to power. Compared to works by Voltaire and Zola on its original publication, this prescient novel strives to awaken an often unsuspecting, sometimes politically naive, or else w ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 12th 2001 by Carroll & Graf (first published 1933)
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The Oppermanns is a beautifully written and touching novel that was included in my reading for a class in the University of Chicago Basic Program where we studied "Degenerate Art" during the Third Reich. Feuchtwanger's novel is a moving story of a Jewish families in 1930s Germany who are divided in their views about how to respond to both the actual physical and economic threats from the rising National Socialist movement. The family members represented the varying views of changes that were occ ...more
Alex Baugh
Nov 06, 2011 Alex Baugh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Oppermanns is a compelling, poignant novel written in late 1933 about a prosperous Jewish family’s first year living in Berlin under Nazi rule. The family consists of three brothers and one sister: Gustav, Martin, Edgar and Klara, and with the exception of unmarried Gustav, their spouses and children. They had inherited the three generations old family business of making inexpensive furniture and they have always thought of themselves as intelligent, educated Germans.

The novel begins on Nov
Jan 23, 2008 Mike rated it it was amazing
Finished in 1934, The Oppermanns predicts the future of Germany: a band of irrational Nazi cultists has infiltrated the country's infrastructure, teachers are replaced by cheer-leaders for Hitler, Jewish shops change their ownership or are destroyed, and faith (in government) replaces reason. Each member of the Oppermann family approaches the problem differently, but they all share the irrefutable knowledge that something dark is growing inside Germany. Hitler was not brought into power by the m ...more

The book so well-written and has made upon me deep impression.
It's tells about Germany,1933,when Nazis came to power.
Major characters are a rich Jewish family. The book describes their destiny.
It is read easily though It asks so many important moral questions.
I loved this book and it's very much recommended!
Jan 20, 2009 Natalya rated it it was amazing
Really good reading... It presents a panorama of Germany of 1930-s and the Nazi "invasion" of people's minds. Those more "flexible" survived (physically, not spiritually sometimes)others lost.
NB: As it always happens during social and economical catastrophes, collapses, ups and downs...
Jim Fonseca
Feb 02, 2014 Jim Fonseca rated it it was amazing
What was it like for Jews in Germany leading up to the time when they were herded into concentration camps? This remarkably prescient novel, written in 1934 almost a decade before the US involvement in WW II, tells us. All the horrible things that were to come were not obvious in 1934: many folks, including many Jews, thought that Hitler used his anti-Semitic platform of hate simply to get elected to power. Shortly after that, he took over absolute power in a coup, so what would be the point of ...more
Mar 24, 2014 Pečivo rated it it was amazing
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První antifašistická kniha, kterou Adolf nechal hned spálit. Napsána roku 1934, vykresluje rodinu čtyř nechutně bohatejch židů, který vlastní německou ikeu. Náckové se pomalu začínaj rozpinat a vyrábět tanky. Feuchtwanger je popisuje jako totální retardy - kluk ze třídy, kterej je blbej jak krabice vod bot, soused brambora, vozíčkáři v hnědý košili a podobný. Se vlastně moc nedivím, že to tehdy spadlo hitlerovi do kamen.

V roce 1934 si feuchtwanger jeste nepřipouštěl apokalypsu, která následovala
Nov 28, 2009 Liza rated it it was amazing
Incredible and harrowing book.
Liz Goodwin
Feb 18, 2017 Liz Goodwin rated it really liked it
The Oppermanns by Lion Feuchtwanger

I've always been a bit obsessed with WWII and a few years ago I set myself a project of reading fiction that was written just as Nazism was taking hold in Germany.  I wanted to get a sense of how people felt while their world was turning upside down - not at the point when down was up or when it had finally righted itself.  The Oppermanns was still unread on my shelf when our own politics-as-usual started to become quite unusual and my project became personal.
Natalia Jimena
Al fin, después de mucho tiempo pude terminar de leer este libro y en verdad fue muy pesado leerlo, porque cada 5 páginas me terminaba enojando y casi me arrancaba los cabellos de la cabeza; sin embargo, es triste saber que probablemente esto en verdad paso.

En este momento no daré detalles, haré una entrada en mi blog esperando explicarme.
A moving and prescient book. Written in 1934, it describes Germany being destroyed by the barbarians. I re-read it after seeing it referenced by Primo Levi. It describes truths both large and small.
Feb 18, 2015 Susu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Die Geschwister Oppermann repräsentieren das gutbürgerliche Judentum - trotz aller Vorsicht von der Machtübernahme der Nazis überrascht. Feuchtwanger zeigt in seinen Figuren alle Facetten der Reaktion - eine Charakterstudie eines ganzen Landes.
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Lion Feuchtwanger (1884-1958) was a German Jewish emigre. A renowned novelist and playwright who fled Europe during World War II and lived in Los Angeles from 1941 until his death.

A fierce critic of the Nazi regime years before it assumed power precipitated his departure, after a brief internment in France, from Europe. He and his wife Marta obtained asylum in the United States in 1941 and remain
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