The Austrian Centre was established in London in 1939 by Austrians seeking refuge from Nazi Germany, of whom 30,000 had reached Britain by the outbreak of World War II. It soon developed into a comprehensive social, cultural and political organisation with a theatre and a weekly newspaper of its own. A Communist-influenced organisation, it also followed a distinct political agenda. In the first book on the cultural and political life of Austrian refugees in Britain, "Out of Austria" assesses and evaluates the Austrian Centre's activities and achievements, while also examining the Austrians' often fraught relations with their British hosts. It gives a fascinating insight into such figures as Sigmund Freud, who became the Centre's Honorary President during his final months and the poet Erich Fried, then an unknown seventeen-year-old, k and sheds light on the interaction of politics and culture against the background of exile in wartime Britain.
Marietta Bearman, Charmian Brinson, Richard Dove, Anthony Grenville and Jennifer Taylor have all published extensively in the field of German-speaking exile in Britain and are members of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies.
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Series: International Library of Twentieth Century HistoryHardback
Publication Date: 28 Nov 2007
Number of Pages: 272