Villa Aurora: Pacific Palisades.
Nestled high in the mountains of Pacific Palisades overlooking the ocean, Villa Aurora is the former home of exiled German-Jewish writer Lion Feuchtwanger and his wife, Marta, who were forced to flee the Nazi regime and found refuge in Los Angeles in 1943. Soon their residence became a magnet, attracting the creme de la creme of European emigres, artists, and intellectuals. Regular guests included Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht, Arnold Schoenberg, Theodor Adorno, Ludwig Marcuse, Aldous Huxley, Alma Mahler-Werfel, Charlie Chaplin, Charles Laughton, Billy Wilder, and, more recently, Edward Said, Wim Wenders, and Volker Schlondorff.
Today, Villa Aurora is an international meeting place and artists' residency. Its purpose as a European-American Foundation is to foster mutual exchange in the fields of literature, music, art, and film as well as in political and social thought, each year bringing up to sixteen artists for three-month stays to the Villa. Recent fellows include Oscar-winner Jochen Freydank as well as writers Susanne Kippenberger and Helene Hegemann.
Moreover, every year the Villa offers the Feuchtwanger Fellowship, which provides residency to a writer who is being persecuted or forced to live in exile. This program was created in collaboration with Human Rights Watch, in memory of the European exiles who found sanctuary in the United States, and to remind us that the expulsion of cultural figures and intellectual repression is still occurring in the world today.
As an institution devoted to transatlantic relations, the Villa offers a wide range of programs on American and European issues in collaboration with artists, academic institutions, and partner organizations in Los Angeles and beyond.
Imogen von Tannenberg is the director of Villa Aurora.
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|Author:||Von Tannenberg, Imogen|
|Publication:||World Literature Today|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Nov 1, 2011|
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