German-speaking Exiles in Ireland 1933-1945


Editor: Gisela Holfter
German-speaking Exiles in Ireland 1933-1945 is a pioneering study of the impact the German-speaking exiles of the Hitler years had on Ireland as the first large group of immigrants in the country in the twentieth century. It therefore adds an important yet hitherto virtually unknown Irish dimension to international exile studies. After providing an overview of the topic and an analysis of current developments in exile studies the volume devotes two chapters to Jewish refugees and another to the considerable number of Austrian exiles, investigates the relationship between Irish government policy and public opinion, and explores the problems of identity faced by so many in exile. It then focuses on some eminent refugees - Erwin Schrödinger, Ludwig Bieler, Robert Weil, Ernst Scheyer, and Hans Sachs - before concluding with personal accounts by Ruth Braunizer (the daughter of Erwin Schrödinger, excerpts from whose diaries are published here for the first time), Monica Schefold (the daughter of John Hennig), and Eva Gross. The fourteen contributors to the volume are Wolfgang Benz, Ruth Braunizer, John Cooke, Horst Dickel, Eva Gross, Gisela Holfter, Dermot Keogh, Wolfgang Muchitsch, Siobhán O'Connor, Hermann Rasche, Monica Schefold, Birte Schulz, Raphael V. Siev, and Colin Walker.

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"…this is an excellent volume. […] This may be a first step for Irish Exile Studies: from it lessons can be learnt." – in: Modern Language Review 102/3 (2007)
"Der vorl. Band sieht sich als “ersten Schritt” in eine Terra incognita, ist aber in Wirklichkeit ein Riesenschritt in eine wichtige Forschungsrichtung." – in: Germanistik 47/3-4 (2006)
"Das Buch […] verbindet in vortrefflicher Form klassisch-akademische Forschung und Memoirs. Darüber hinaus ist es ein (auch für Nicht-Experten!) äußerst lesenswertes Beispiel von Grundlagenforschung und hoffentlich erst der Anfang weiterer Untersuchungen auf diesem Gebiet." – in: Feuchtwanger Newsletter Rundbrief 4 (2006)
"Holfter’s organisation strikes a good balance between the material and the result is a sensitive and well contextualised account of exile at a dark moment in European history." – in: Irish Economic and Social History XXXIV (2007), pp. 124-126
Part I Overview and Background
Gisela HOLFTER: German-speaking Exiles 1933-1945 in Ireland – an Introduction and Overview
Wolfgang BENZ: Exile Studies: Development and Trends
Dermot KEOGH: Irish Refugee Policy, Anti-Semitism and Nazism at the Approach of World War Two
Wolfgang MUCHITSCH: Austrian Refugees in Ireland 1938-1945
Siobhán O’CONNOR: ‘The Obliviousness of the Fortunate’ – Policy and Public Opinion towards Refugees 1933-1945
Raphael V. SIEV: The Admission of Refugees into Ireland between 1933 and 1945
Birte SCHULZ: Overcoming Boundaries? The Problem of Identity in the Experience of German-speaking Exiles in Ireland 1933-1945
Part II Individual Portraits of Exiles
Colin WALKER: Robert Weil
Gisela Holfter: Ernst Scheyer
Hermann RASCHE: Ludwig Bieler
Horst DICKEL: Hans Sachs
Part III Personal Accounts
John COOKE: Hans and Charlotte Sachs
Monica SCHEFOLD: Childhood Memories in Ireland from 1939-1956
Ruth BRAUNIZER: Memories of Dublin - Excerpts from Erwin Schrödinger's Diaries
Eva GROSS: Personal Reflections on a New Life in Northern Ireland
Index of Names
Notes on Contributors