Thomas Mann: The Princeton Yearsposted on 30 Jun 2020
When Thomas Mann taught at Princeton University (September 1938 to March 1941) he had a privileged status and a particular role to play. The Nobel Prize-winner and world famous novelist, the leading representative and most outspoken of the anti-Nazi émigrés, symbolised in America the best in German culture. In exile the militant humanist and idealistic Kulturträger proudly but truly said, “Where I am, there is Germany.” During the approach and outbreak of World War II, he made arduous lecture tours to advocate democratic government and oppose Hitler. With great generosity he helped other émigrés, and cared for his own dispersed and often endangered family. Helped by wealthy and influential patrons Mann was able to maintain his dignity, recreate the comfortable patrician life he had enjoyed in his native land and prove that it was still possible to write great German works in a free country.