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Asylum: A Survivor's Flight from Nazi-Occupied Vienna Through Wartime France

 
 
Author
Moriz Scheyer. P.N. Singer, trans.
Publisher Back Bay  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.85 inches
ISBN 9780316272896
Pages/Publication Date 305/2017
Daedalus Item Code 69737
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As arts editor for one of Vienna's principal newspapers, Moriz Scheyer knew many of the city's foremost artists, and was himself an important literary journalist, until the Nazi occupation of Austria in 1938 forced him out of his job and home. While hiding in France, Scheyer began drafting this extraordinarily vivid account, tracing events from the Anschluss in Vienna through life in Paris and unoccupied France, including a period in a French concentration camp and contact with the Resistance. After Scheyer's death in 1949, his stepson destroyed the manuscript—or thought he did—but a carbon copy was recently found and translated by the author's step-grandson P.N. Singer.

"Moriz Scheyer's gripping account of survival under Nazi rule is both a chilling reminder of the fragility of life in a world gone mad, and a record of the generosity of spirit and courage of people who hardly knew him but risked everything to save him. Shocking, heartbreaking, but hugely inspiring."—Susan Ottaway

"His nuanced picture of wartime France, with its collaborators and resisters, vividly underscores the power of ordinary human kindness in the face of supreme evil."—Thomas Ertman

 
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