Asylum / by Moriz Scheyer ; translated, with an epilogue, essay and notes, by the author's grandson, P.N. Singer.
Publication year: 2017
Publisher: Profile Books, 2016.
ISBN: 9781781256008 9781781256008 (pbk.) :
This translation originally published: 2016.
Translated from the German.
In 1943, Moriz Scheyer was in hiding at a convent in the Dordogne when he began drafting 'Asylum', the extraordinarily tense, moving and at times almost miraculous account of his persecution in Vienna and flight to wartime France. An arts editor for Vienna's principal newspaper before the German invasion in 1938, Scheyer was friends with some of the city's great artists, from Stefan Zweig to Gustav Mahler, and an important literary journalist in his own right. Here he turns his acerbic wit and critical eye to his own remarkable experiences, tracing events from the Anschluss in Austria to Paris immediately pre-war and under occupation; the Exodus from Paris to life in two different concentration camps; an escape attempt, contact with the Resistance, and, finally, a dramatic rescue and clandestine life in a convent.
Original title: Ueberlebender. English
305 pages : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm
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