‘The Bloke who Lived Opposite Hitler’

You are cordially invited to the inaugural University of Southampton Humanities Alumni Lecture; this year the lecture will be given by Dr Edgar Feuchtwanger, alumnus and former member of staff, at 18:30 Thursday 6 February 2014.

“When I started teaching in the History department in the 1950s my subject was English political history of the 19th century. I also worked on research for a PhD thesis, which was published in 1968 by the Clarendon Press, on the recommendation of Reobert Blake, the author of the first modern Biography of Disraeli.

My thesis dealt with the organizations developed by the political parties to mobilize the mass electorate enfranchised by the reform bill of 1867. Ten years on in my career, by the 1960s, many seminal works on World War II had been published. Students wanted to know about the European dictators, especially Hitler. As the most obvious member of staff to talk about this I acquired the name the forms the title of this lecture.”

Dr Edgar Feuchtwanger graduated with a PhD in History in 1958 and came to teach history at Southampton in 1959. He has a fascinating story as well as being an established academic in his field; he grew up as ‘Hitler’s Jewish Neighbour’ and has featured in numerous documentaries, newspapers, History Today, BBC radio and a book is being published in April 2014 about his story.

Tea and coffee will be served at 6pm and a deinks reception will be held following the lecture.

To attend what promises to be a very interesting and popular lecture please email Tracy Storey (tps@southampton.ac.uk) asap to reserve a place and to avoid disappointment.


Thursday 6 February 2014, 6:30pm
Lecture Theatre A
Avenue Campus
Building 65
University of Southampton


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