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Thousands of writers, artists, filmmakers, and intellectuals fled Germany in the 1930s. Many settled in the United States, hoping to find allies against Nazism and a safe refuge from Hitlers Gestapo. But in America nearly all of the exiled authors—among them Nobel Prize recipient Thomas Mann, his brother Heinrich, dramatist Bertolt Brecht, and novelists Erich Remarque and Lion Feuchtwanger—became the subjects of intense suspicion and government surveillance. This riveting book, based on secret FBI files released for the first time to Alexander Stephan under the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts, reveals the disturbing details and the surprising extent of government surveillance operations conducted against German exiles during World War II and the McCarthy era.

Not only the FBI but also the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the House Un-American Activities Committee, and other agencies spied on the German émigrés. Wiretaps were installed, mail was routinely opened and read, records of visitors were maintained. Searches—not always with legal warrants—were conducted, informants hired, and connections to exile writers established (Thomas Manns daughter, Erika, volunteered her insights). Stephan sets these activities in historical context and discusses the widespread xenophobia and paranoia that surrounded Nazism and Communism, which were frequently conflated in the public imagination. The author illuminates the relationship not only between German anti-Nazis and U.S. politics of the period but also between intellectuals and the modern surveillance state.

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Based on FBI files released under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts, this riveting book reveals the disturbing details and surprising extent of U.S. government surveillance against German emigr writers, artists, and intellectuals who sought refuge in America after World War II. 26 illustrations.

About the Author

Alexander Stephan is professor of German at the University of Florida.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300082029
Subtitle:
FBI Surveillance of German Emigre Writers
Translator:
van Heurck, Jan
Translator:
Heurck, Jan
Translator:
Van Heurck, Jan
Translator:
Heurck, Jan van
Author:
Heurck, Jan van
Author:
Stephan, Alexander
Translator:
Heurck, Jan Van
Author:
Heurck, Jan Van
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Location:
New Haven
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
European - German
Subject:
Authors, german
Subject:
German literature
Subject:
Politics and literature
Subject:
Authors, Exiled
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
German literature -- 20th century.
Subject:
Politics and literature -- United States.
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
28
Publication Date:
20000910
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
26 b/w illus.
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1.35 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Based on FBI files released under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts, this riveting book reveals the disturbing details and surprising extent of U.S. government surveillance against German emigr writers, artists, and intellectuals who sought refuge in America after World War II. 26 illustrations.
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