Menu JTA Search

Phyllis Bottome, Non-jewish, Anti Nazi Author, Dead; Warned on Hitler

Phyllis Bottome, the non-Jewish novelist and lecturer who was one of the first to recognize the evils of the Nazi regime in pre World War II Germany, and attempted to warn England and America of it, died here this weekend. She was 79. Miss Bottome’s best known work was “The Mortal Storm,” an anti-Nazi novel published in 1938 that became a best seller.

She was greatly influenced by the Austrian-Jewish psychologist, Alfred Adler, whom she met during a period of residence in Vienna. In 1938, she worked in Austria to aid refugees fleeing Hitler. Later, she continued her anti-Hitler activities in the United States.