Jewish neighbour of Hitler reveals ‘sense of menace was everywhere’ in memoir
London, Jan 9 : A Jew who grew up as a neighbour of Adolf Hitler has written a given a detail account of living next door to the man who would become one of history''s greatest mass murderers.
Edgar Feuchtwanger, 88, was five when Hitler, head of the rising National Socialist German Workers Party in Munich, moved into a palatial flat at Prinzregentplatz in 1929, opposite his family home.
According to the Daily Mail, Feuchtwanger, in his book, said that ''Hitler would come to Munich at weekends, and one could tell he was at home because of the cars parked outside'.
"The parents of a schoolfriend of mine lived next door to Hoffmann, and I remember, probably after the beginning of the Third Reich, Hitler sitting quietly in a deckchair in the next garden," he wrote.
"But there was a sense of menace in the air, which even as a child I could feel. In the days before 30 June 1934, later dubbed the Night of the Long Knives, the atmosphere was particularly oppressive," he added.
According to the paper, Feuchtwanger recalled an incident where his mother once quipped that there was no milk for them on the doorstep one morning ''because the milkman has left so many bottles at the door of the Hitler residence''.
Edgar said there was always a ''screeching of brakes'' and the running of a ''posse of bodyguards'' which indicated when Hitler was back at his home.
Edgar, who now lives in Aveyron, France, wrote his memoir `My Neighbor Hitler: Memories of a Jewish Child' with the aid of a French journalist and it is being released next week. (ANI)