The collection comprises materials related to von Hofe's tenure as a librarian at USC as well as manuscripts, research notes,
articles, and correspondence. Most materials are related to Lion and Marta Feuchtwanger as well as other German-speaking exiles.
The son of German musicians who immigrated to the United States at the turn of the 20th century, Harold von Hofe was born
in Plainsfield, N.J., on April 23, 1912. In 1939, after earning a bachelor's degree from New York University and a doctorate
from Northwestern University, von Hofe relocated to Los Angeles and took a job teaching German at USC. He became a professor
and served as chair of USC's German department from 1945-1956 (as well as from 1963-68 and 1971-74). Von Hofe's scholarly
work focused largely on the work of writers who fled Germany for Southern California during the Holocaust. An eminent scholar
in the field of German exile studies, Von Hofe's expertise was built on the relationships he developed with members of the
German émigré community in Los Angeles during World War II. From 1959 to 1963, von Hofe served as chair of the USC Division
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