Edgar Feuchtwanger, who escaped and became a history professor in the UK, recalls childhood in Munich flat next to Nazi leader

German-British historian Edgar Feuchtwanger, 88, who as a child lived with his family in Munich near the private residence of Adolf Hitler on Grillparzer Strasse, in Paris on January 17, 2013. (photo credit: AFP Photo/Miguel Medina)

BERLIN (AFP) — Edgar Feuchtwanger, the son of a prominent German Jewish family with roots in Bavaria going back centuries, vividly remembers nearly bumping into his neighbor Adolf Hitler as a boy.

It was 1933 and Hitler, who had just become German chancellor, kept a sprawling flat on Munich’s elegant Prinzregentenplatz next door to Feuchtwanger’s family home.

Eight years old at the time, he had been taken by his nanny for a walk when they nearly collided with the country’s most powerful man.

“It so happened that just at the moment when we were in front of his door, he came out. He was in a nearly white mackintosh,” Feuchtwanger told AFP.

“We were in his way. He looked at me and there were a few casual bystanders in the street — it was about half past eight in the morning and they of course shouted ‘Heil Hitler!’. He just lifted his hat a little bit, as any democratic politician would do — he didn’t give the (straight-armed Nazi) salute — and then he got into his car.”

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