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The Oppermanns

(The second book in the Wartesaal Trilogy series)
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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 willfully blind world to the consequences of its stance in the face of national events -- in this case, the rising tide of Nazism in 1930s Germany. The past and future meet in the saga of the Oppermanns, for three generations a family commercially well established in Berlin. In assimilated citizens like them, the emancipated Jew in Germany has become a fact. In a Berlin inhabited by troops in brown shirts, however, the Oppermanns have more to fear than an alien discomfort. For along with the swastikas and fascist salutes come discrimination, deceit, betrayal, and a tragedy that history has proved to be as true as this novel's astonishing, profoundly moving tale.


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March 2001 : USA Paperback

Title: The Oppermanns: A Novel
Author(s): Lion Feuchtwanger
ISBN: 0-7867-0880-8 / 978-0-7867-0880-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Carroll & Graf
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September 1983 : USA Paperback

Title: The Oppermanns
Author(s): Lion Feuchtwanger
ISBN: 0-88184-063-7 / 978-0-88184-063-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Carroll & Graf Pub
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