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This autobiography narrates the early life of a woman who saw Emperor Franz Josef ride through the streets of Vienna after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife in 1914, and witnessed Hitler's entry into Vienna in 1938. The account portrays the events of Helen Otley's childhood and youth, her experiences in the Austrian educational system, presents impressions of intellectual and cultural life in Austria between the wars, of conditions in German industry in the early 1940's, and describes in detail her confinement in the Auschwitz concentration camp and a women's prison near Leipzig.
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Helen Schlesinger Beck Otley was born in Vienna in 1911, She received a doctorate in physics from the University of Vienna and then worked for German industry in Berlin and Dresden. Because of her association with a Communist group in Berlin she was arrested and convicted for subversive activities. Initially she was sent to Auschwitz, and following her trial, to a woman's prison. When the war was over, she worked in Vienna for several years, married, and eventually emigrated to the United States.
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Book Description Ariadne Pr, 2001. Paperback. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG1572410922