Escape Home: Rebuilding a Life after the Anschluss tells the story of a secular Jewish family uprooted by the Nazi occupation of Austria and Czechoslovakia who flee Europe to reunite in post-war America and rebuild their lives. Based primarily on the memoir of architectural designer and Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice Charles Paterson (born Karl Schanzer), who was nine years old when the Nazi invasion reached Vienna, as well as newly uncovered documents and accounts of events found in letters between family members, the book is a riveting tale of discovery and coming to terms with a past that casts a long shadow.
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Charles Paterson was born Karl Schanzer in Vienna, Austria and has lived in Aspen, Colorado since 1949. An architectural designer, Paterson trained under Frank Lloyd Wright in Wright's last years. He developed one of Aspen's earliest ski lodges, The Boomerang, a portion of which is historically designated as an example of mountain Modern. This is his first book. Carrie Paterson is an artist and writer. She has contributed art reviews, interviews, and critical articles to numerous art and culture publications for nearly twenty years. She is Charles Paterson’s daughter.Review:
Intimate and scholarly. With footnotes and a lengthy index, [Escape Home] is a labor of love: a dossier of letters, mementos, documents, photographs, recipes and the contemporary reflections of family members. Beginning with ancestors in Hapsburg-era Vienna, the Patersons explore the death of Old Europe and the birth of what we’ve come to regard as American architecture. They also contend with the attempted annihilation of their bloodline and celebrate the courage and perseverance of those who survived. With enough material for at least three books, the authors are determined to fit it all into one. Patient readers will be rewarded. ----Kirkus Reviews
This historical memoir is an engrossing saga, going from the parks and boulevards of Vienna, through war-torn Europe, Australia, and to the snow-clad mountains of Colorado. Two prominent architects figure throughout: the Viennese architect Adolf Loos, who is the uncle of author Charles Paterson, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Profusely illustrated and fully documented, Escape Home is the stuff that makes an intriguing feature film. I heartedly endorse it. -- Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, Director, The Frank Lloyd Wright Archives
An invaluable addition to the literature on the birth of modern Aspen... In a life filled with more optimism and achievement than bitterness, Escape Home is the capping effort at finding meaning in a life that has included hardship, heartache, success and home. ----Stewart Oksenhorn, Aspen Times Weekly
One of the more uplifting accounts of European émigré life that I have read in a long time. At the same time, it is a deeply nostalgic book about the domestic qualities of architecture ... about making for oneself a home, even under the most adverse circumstances. What else is architecture about, if not that? ... If you consider architecture primarily as an art form, a monetary investment, or some abstract political act, then you will miss the relevance of this book. If, however, you think and feel architecture is about making a home for man us, humans on earth, then you will appreciate these tours de force of father and son.... It will touch you to tears right away, regardless of how many accounts of similar fates you believe to have studied and understood.... What a book! ----Volker M. Welter, Society of Architectural Historians
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Book Description Doppel House Press September 2013, 2013. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. The memoir of architectural designer and Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice Charles Paterson (born Karl Schanzer) is a riveting tale of discovery and coming to terms with a past that casts a long shadow. Paterson was nine years old when the Nazis invaded Vienna in March, 1938. Fleeing Austria for Czechoslovakia just months later, only to witness the invasion of Hitler for a second time in Prague, the author and his sister Doris escaped to Paris to rejoin their refugee father Stefan before being adopted in Australia. When the surviving Schanzer/Paterson family reunite in America in the late 1940's, the story takes a different turn. Connecting family history with movements in Central European Modern architecture through Adolf Loos, the author's uncle, and the American Modernism of Frank Lloyd Wright, Escape Home examines how architecture is a reflection of perseverance and how it can give form to the struggle of the spirit that quests simultaneously for freedom and security. Escape Home is also the biography of a father written by his son and granddaughter with a background of family history and personal reflection. The Patersons' loving portrait of Stefan Schanzer, who shepherded his family through tribulations with grace amidst sorrow and loss, is a story to be savored and shared. Bookseller Inventory # 149602
Book Description DoppelHouse Press, 2013. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M098325401X