The Nazi and the Barber

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The Nazi and the Barber
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English edition (Barber Press 2013)
Author Edgar Hilsenrath
Original title Der Nazi & der Friseur
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Doubleday
Publication date
Media type Print (hardcover)

The Nazi and the Barber (also published as The Nazi Who Lived As a Jew, in the German original Der Nazi & der Friseur) of the German-Jewish writer Edgar Hilsenrath is a grotesque novel about the Holocaust during the time of National Socialism in Germany. The work uses the perpetrator’s perspective telling the biography of the SS mass murderer Max Schulz, who after World War II assumes a Jewish identity and finally emigrates to Israel in order to escape prosecution in Germany.

Hilsenrath wrote the novel in German, but because of choosing the perpetrator’s perspective he initially had difficulties publishing it in Germany. The book was first published in the U.S. in an English translation by Andrew White in 1971 by Doubleday, one of the largest book publishing companies in the world, and in Germany only in 1977.[1]

Edgar Hilsenrath

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Edgar Hilsenrath
Hilsenrath signing books at his 80th birthday celebration (Berlin 2006)

Hilsenrath signing books at his 80th birthday celebration (Berlin 2006)
Born April 2, 1926
LeipzigSaxony, Germany
Died December 30, 2018 (aged 92)
Occupation Novelist
Notable awards State Award in Literature of the Republic of Armenia, Alfred Döblin Prize, Heinz Galinski Prize, Hans Erich Nossack Prize, Jakob Wassermann Literature Prize, Hans Sahl Prize, Lion Feuchtwanger Prize

Edgar Hilsenrath (April 2, 1926 – December 30, 2018[1]) was a German-Jewish writer and Holocaust survivor. He wrote several fictional novels that gave an unvarnished view of the Holocaust which were partly based on his own experiences in a Nazi concentration camp. His main works are NightThe Nazi and the Barber, and The Story of the Last Thought. After fleeing Nazi Germany in 1944, he lived in Palestine and France, before settling in New York City in 1951 where he lived for 24 years and published his first novels. Although he was a naturalized United States citizen, he chose to return to Germany in 1975 where he lived until his death in 2018.