acclaim of Feuchtwanger caused him to be well hated by the extreme German nationalists, whose favorite writers, such as Hans Grimm and Erwin Kolbenheyer, remained almost unknown outside of Germany. Feuchtwanger lived in Paris after Hitler came to power and was interned as an 'enemy alien' by the French when the war broke out in 1939. He escaped in 1940 and reached the United States, where he now lives. The story of his internment and escape have been told in his The Devil in France. His novel Success is a semifictional account of happenings in Bavaria from 1919 to 1923, Many figures of the story are readily identifiable: Rupert Kutzner is based on Adolf Hitler, Franz Flaucher is Gustav von Kahr, and General Vesemann is the name given General Ludendorff.
from Success by LION FEUCHTWANGER, translated by Willa and Edwin Muir
THE BERLIN GOVERNMENT had to give up its passive resistance to the Ruhr occupation. Martial law was declared over all Germany. The captains of industry compelled the Berlin Cabinet to take military measures against the constitutionally established Socialist governments in Saxony and Thuringia. Reichswehr marched into Dresden and Weimar, deposed the Socialist administrations, and drove the Ministers from their offices at the point of the bayonet. A few industrial magnates and one or two generals set themselves up as dictators. Everywhere in Germany there was ferment, violence, confusion, and misery. The dollar exchange soared to figures which to the man in the street were empty formulas. A pound loaf cost billions of marks.
In Munich the True Germans were jubilant. Had they not foretold that the methods of Berlin would throw the whole Empire into chaos? Kutzner blossomed out, and forgot his discomfiture in the spring. His instinct as a leader had not deceived him. The time was only now ripe: the first snow, not the spring blossoming, was the real signal for the march on Berlin.
From his residence in the Promenadeplatz Flaucher kept his eye on him. Was this Kutzner already beginning to shoot out his neck