The Sun And Her Stars: Salka Viertel and Hitler's Exiles in the Golden Age of Hollywood

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The Sun And Her Stars: Salka Viertel and Hitler's Exiles in the Golden Age of Hollywood

The Sun And Her Stars: Salka Viertel and Hitler's Exiles in the Golden Age of Hollywood

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S. government blackout rules, while a houseful of enemy aliens who had barely escaped their deaths in Europe let off steam. Donna Rifkind‘s reviews appear frequently in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times Book Review.

Such vituperation may seem extreme toward a woman who titled her memoir The Kindness of Strangers and who is remembered, if at all, for inviting people to parties on Sunday afternoons. Or that it was two women, Liesl Frank and Charlotte Dieterle, who carried out most of the paperwork-heavy, unglamorous, but effective rescue work of the European Film Fund (EFF) in Hollywood. Her guests included not only Sergei Eisenstein and Charlie Chaplin but also Arnold Schoenberg, Christopher Isherwood (who moved into Viertel's garage apartment with his boyfriend in 1946 [4]), Hanns Eisler, Bertolt Brecht, Max Reinhardt, and Thomas Mann. Such vituperation may seem extreme toward a woman who titled her memoir The Kindness of Strangers and who is remembered, if at all, for inviting people to parties on Sunday afternoons. Salka Viertel has been more or less forgotten in America because too few people believed that what she accomplished was important.She also appeared on screen in the German version of Garbo’s debut in her first full sound film of Eugene O’Neill’s Anna Christie, directed by Jacques Feyder which Garbo herself preferred to her the English version, also released in 1930, directed by Clarence Brown, Viertel playing the old prostitute role of Marthy (who Marie Dressler played in English version). While nei­ther Vier­tel nor her fam­i­ly were cer­e­mo­ni­al­ly Jew­ish, this idea of open­ing your home to strangers and the needy was her own way of being Jewish.

Then a decisive encounter at the home of émigré German director Ernst Lubitsch changed the direction of her professional career.

Much of it came from Europe, through the work of successive waves of immigrants during the first half of the twentieth century. She has also been a contributor to the Los Angeles Times , Washington Post , Times Literary Supplement , American Scholar , and other publications. For years, Sal



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