Home Is Somewhere Else: Autobiography in Two Voices

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Following the Nazi annexation of Austria in March of 1938, Desider Furst, his wife, and his daughter suddenly found themselves hunted outlaws, holders of a German passport branded with a red "J" for Jewish. They escaped from Vienna and eventually settled in England, where they spent the war years as "enemy aliens." In 1971 they emigrated once more, this time voluntarily, to the United States. Home is Somewhere Else is a dual-voice, autobiographical narration by father and daughter, recounting the family's displacements, obstacles, and repeated reversals.

The experiences documented here are typical of many Central Europeans whose lives were radically and painfully affected by the Nazis. This book's originality lies in its narrative format and its revelation of what befell the "lucky" ones merely on the margins of the Holocaust.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Coming To Vienna
3
Vienna
13
Flight From Vienna
27
Cologne
53
Cologne
59
Brussels
69
Brussels
73
Isle of Man
117
Bedford
133
Bedford
143
Manchester
151
Manchester
173
The Silent Third Person
179
And They Lived Happily Ever After
201
As My Father Used To Say
217

London
83
London
89
Chertsey
109
Notes
229
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About the author (1994)

Desider Furst, M.D., died in 1985.

Lilian R. Furst is Marcel Bataillon Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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