In March 1935, from his temporary home in Sanary-sur-Mer, France, the German-Jewish novelist Lion Feuchtwanger published an open letter in the exile newspaper Pariser Tagesblatt. Addressed to the current resident of his former villa on Mahlerstrasse—now Regerstrasse—in the Grunewald in Berlin, a villa which had been confiscated along with Feuchtwanger’s bank account by the Third Reich, the letter poses a seemingly innocuous question in the most withering of tones: “How do you like my house, Mr. X?”

"Lost in Los Angeles," Weltkunst, May 2015

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