‘Immortal Austria’?

Austrians in Exile in Britain

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Immortal Austria was the title of a theatrical pageant devised by Austrian refugees in wartime London, the name summarizing their collective memory of their homeland as a country of mountain scenery, historical grandeur and musical refinement. The reality of the country they had left, and the one to which some of them returned, was very different. This volume contains various studies of the representations of their homeland in the cultural production of Austrian exiles, including those projected by émigrés working in the British film industry, those portrayed in the historical novel and in the literary works of such notable authors as Stefan Zweig, Elias Canetti and Robert Neumann. It opens with a survey of the make-up of the Austrian exile community and concludes with a study of attitudes to returning exiles, as reflected in the post-war literary journals. The volume thus offers students and teachers a vital cultural link between the pre-1934 Austria of the First Republic and the post-1945 Austria of the Second.
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”…very readable and demonstrates the important influence of the Austrian Jews on British culture, as well as the effect of the British way of life on the immigrant.” in: AJR Journal, Vol. 8, No. 3, March 2008, pp. 8-9

Table of contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Austrians in Exile
Anthony GRENVILLE: The Emigration of Austrians to Britain after 1938 and the Early Years of Settlement: A Survey
Jennifer TAYLOR: The Propagandists’ Propagandist: Bruno Adler’s ‘Kurt und Willi’ Dialogues as Expression of British Propaganda Objectives
Tatiana LIANI: ‘Zum Emigranten habe ich kein Talent’: Stefan Zweig’s Exile in London
Anne PEITER: Exil, Judentum und Sprache in ausgewählten Nachlass-Aufzeichnungen von Elias Canetti
Renate FEIKES: Exil der Wiener Medizin in Großbritannien
Colin BEAVEN: Enduring Exile? Or passing acquaintance? Images of Britain in the Work of Georg Kreisler
Representations of Austria
Charmian BRINSON: ‘Immortal Austria’: Eva Priester as a Propagandist for Austria in British Exile
Christian CARGNELLI: Wien-Bilder: Paul L. Stein, Richard Tauber und das britische Kino
Brigitte MAYR & Michael OMASTA: Fritz Rosenfeld, Filmkritiker
Tobias HOCHSCHERF: ‘Kennen wir uns nicht aus Wien?’: Emigré Film-Makers from Austria in London 1928-1945
Andrea HAMMEL: Imaging the Future through the Past: Austrian Women Exile Writers and the Historical Novel
Deborah VIETOR-ENGLÄNDER: Imagining Austria: Kohlröserl, Alpenglühen und Patisserie – the Vision of the Exiled Children
Austria Revisited
Maximiliane JÄGER: „Einmal Emigrant, immer Emigrant“: Zur literarischen und publizistischen „Remigration“ Robert Neumanns 1946-1965
Anthony BUSHELL: Many Happy Returns? Attitudes to Exile in Austria’s Literary and Cultural Journals in the early Post-war Years
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