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1 The Devil in France Michaela Ullmann Exile Studies Librarian, USC Libraries

2 Background The Feuchtwanger Memorial Library (FML) houses library and papers of celebrated German-Jewish novelist Lion Feuchtwanger and other important German-speaking exiles who found a safe haven in Los Angeles after fleeing Nazi Germany USC also holds the rights to Feuchtwanger’s works Over the past years, USC has acquired an extensive book collection focusing on Holocaust studies The Holocaust collection and the USC Shoah Visual Archive make USC an increasingly important institution for the study of the Holocaust LibGuides: Feuchtwanger Memorial Library: USC Shoah Visual Archive: Holocaust Studies:

3 Challenges Promoting collections of primary sources Promoting collections in languages other than English, namely German (without an existing German department on campus) Aligning the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library with the focus on Holocaust studies Increase awareness and access to the collections housed in FML

4 The making of The Devil in France Scanning of the original text Correction of misspellings/errors in the text of the existing 1940 edition Creation of additional content to supplement the edition and make it more accessible to students (introduction by the Dean of the Libraries, map, timeline, essay by Marta Feuchtwanger) Design of the layout and cover in a contemporary way that appeals to students (including images created by USC students), for both, a print and a digital edition

5 The cover of our The Devil in France publication

6 Promotion / Outreach I Collaboration with Office of Student Affairs Office of Student Affairs agreed to help promote the book to all incoming students at USC Featured The Devil in France in the recommended readings on their website Invited us to their introductory sessions for residential ambassadors Provided a table at their fairs for incoming students Books were provided at several USC University Park Campus libraries where students could pick up them up at the circulation desk of eleven libraries on campus

7 Promotion / Outreach II Collaboration with Vision and Voices USC has a university-wide arts and humanities initiative called Vision and Voices A grant from Vision and Voices allowed us to create two events in conjunction with the publication of The Devil in France First event: Enemy Number One": Lion Feuchtwanger and the Literature of Exile, a panel discussion about censorship, political repression, and writing in exile in honor of Banned Books Week Second event: Enemy Number One": A Tour and Performance at the Villa Aurora, a tour to Feuchtwanger’s former home in Pacific Palisades, where a reading from letters between Lion and his wife Marta Feuchtwanger from the 1930s and 1940s would be performed. Participants also went on a tour of the house and had the chance to browse items exhibited from the archive Both events were featured on the USC Libraries and Vision and Voices websites and on flyers, as well as in articles published in the USC News, USC Libraries’ Libwire, and the USC Chronicle

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12 Students browse a special exhibition of materials related to the Feuchtwangers' lives. Photo by Rachelle Balinas Smith Curt Lowens and Nina Franoszek perform a dramatized exchange of letters between Lion and Marta Feuchtwanger during Lion's imprisonment in Nazi-occupied France. Photo by Rachelle Balinas Smith

13 Promotion / Outreach III Distribution off Campus The Devil in France publications were send to colleagues and relevant institutions at other libraries/institutions As of March 8, 2013, Worlcat showed 86 copies of our publication in libraries: 16 copies in California libraries 65 copies in US libraries outside of California 1 copy in Taiwan 1 copy in Hong Kong 3 copies in Canada

14 Instruction Even after initial outreach activities, The Devil in France remains popular at USC The publication is regularly introduced in Holocaust classes as well as in general instruction sessions for Special Collections Professors use the book in their Holocaust classes Radom surveys show that students at USC are familiar with Feuchtwanger’s memoir The Devil in France In some cases, reading The Devil in France led students to ask their grandparents about their experiences during WWII

15 Conclusion Going into it, we underestimated the time & work involved Overall, the project was a great success and we still benefit from it since we still provide copies of the Devil in France at several locations on campus and during instruction session Through this project and other initiatives, the awareness of the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library has been increased among our students The Devil in France was the perfect tool to educated students about Lion Feuchtwanger and our collections and to create a bridge from Holocaust studies to Exile studies More and more students inquire about writing papers on Feuchtwanger and the German- speaking exile experience This year, a USC student will present a paper about Feuchtwanger’s political speeches and essays at the conference of the International Feuchtwanger Society in Berlin, Germany. He does not speak or read any German…

16 Thank you! Read the Devil in France: Contact: Michaela Ullmann


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