Émigré Voices

Conversations with Jewish Refugees from Germany and Austria


In Émigré Voices Lewkowicz and Grenville present twelve oral history interviews with men and women who came to Britain as Jewish refugees from Germany and Austria in the late 1930s. Many of the interviewees rose to great prominence in their chosen career, such as the author and illustrator Judith Kerr, the actor Andrew Sachs, the photographer and cameraman Wolf Suschitzky, the violinist Norbert Brainin, and the publisher Elly Miller. The narratives of the interviewees tell of their common struggles as child or young adult refugees who had to forge new lives in a foreign country and they illuminate how each interviewee dealt with the challenges of forced emigration and the Holocaust. The voices of the twelve interviewees provide the reader with a unique and original source, which gives direct access to the lived multifaceted experience of the interviewees and their contributions to British culture.

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Bea Lewkowicz Ph.D. (2000) is a social anthropologist and oral historian. She is the co-founder and director of the AJR Refugee Voices Testimony Archive and has produced many testimony-based exhibitions and films. Her publications include The Jewish Community of Salonika: History, Memory, Identity (Vallentine Mitchell, 2006).

Anthony Grenville Ph.D. (1976) lectured in German at the Universities of Reading, Bristol and Westminster. He is Chair of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, University of London. Publications include Jewish Refugees from Germany and Austria in Britain, 1933-1970 (Vallentine Mitchell, 2010).

Introduction: The Exhibition
Anthony Grenville

The Interviews
Bea Lewkowicz

1 Doris Balacs

2 Norbert Brainin

3 Anton Walter Freud

4 Richard Grunberger

5 Daisy Hoffner

6 Lucie Kaye (née Schachne)

7 Judith Kerr

8 Elly Miller

9 Lord Claus Moser, Baron Moser KCB CBE

10 Andrew Sachs

11 Hans Seelig

12 Wolfgang Suschitzky
All interested in the wider field of Holocaust Studies, Jewish Studies, the study of exile and displacement, and cultural studies.
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