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Exile: a memoir of 1939

Schneider, Broka; Erika Bourguignon and Barbara Hill Rigney, eds.

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ISBN 10: 0814208088 / ISBN 13: 9780814208083
Published by Ohio State University Press, 1998
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A fine contribution to the Ohio State University Press Memoir/Holocaust Studies series. Brand-spankin' new, still in shrink-wrap, neither sunned nor soiled, tightly bound, still bright and shiny. From the personal library of the renowned psychological anthropologist, Dr. Erika Bourguignon, one of the co-editors here, and who herself went into exile prior to the beginning of World War Two. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets. Size: 12mo 7" - 7. Bookseller Inventory # 323760

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Title: Exile: a memoir of 1939

Publisher: Ohio State University Press

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Edition: First Edition..

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Edited and supplemented by historical background by the author's niece, a memoir by an Austrian Jew who, with her husband, found refuge from the Nazis in Great Britain in 1938 recounts the author's year as a housekeeper in a Scottish castle. UP.

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In 1960, Bronka and Joseph Schneider, Jewish refugees who had fled Nazi persecution in Austria, were living in Peoria, Ill. Looking back at their first year in exile, when they worked as domestic servants in a remote Scottish castle , Bronka wrote this memoir, which she sent to the Ladies' Home Journal for publi cation. It was rejected and put aside until 1995, when her niece, Bourguignon, a n anthropologist and herself a refugee, recognized its value. Bronka was not a p rofessional writer, but her story is related with affecting grace and honesty. U ntil March 1938, the Schneiders were an ordinary Viennese Jewish couple: he owne d a leather goods shop, she was a bookkeeper. After the German occupation, Bronk a describes how Nazi harassment of Jews escalated from small humiliations to arr est and deportation to concentration camps. Learning that a servant shortage in Great Britain might offer them a means of escape, the couple endured a harrowing six-month wait to secure travel permits. They arrived in Scotland with little k nowledge of the language or culture and equally little experience of the daily r outine of domestic service. Even the countryside was strange, the barren moors t otally unlike Vienna's woods. The couple handled most mishaps with intelligent g ood humor and a curiously intense attention to the minutiae of daily life?after Warsaw was bombed, for example, Schneider devoted a long passage to cooking rice . Readers may surmise that the key to their survival was the couple's ability to concentrate on the present, neither looking back in despair nor ahead with fear .
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