Asylum -


A survivor's flight from Nazi-occupied Vienna through wartime France



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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. Written when the events were still fresh and raw, this Jewish writer's memoir is riveting in its immediate perspective and the minute details of those days. After Scheyer's death in 1948, his stepson - who disliked the book and its all-encompassing denunciation of the German people - destroyed the manuscript. Or thought he did. Recently, the only remaining copy was discovered in the family's attic by Peter Singer, who has translated and provided an afterword to this unique recollection of the holocaust.

Product code: 9781781255995

ISBN 9781781255995
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H222xW144xS33
On Sale Date 21/01/2016
Edition Main
No. Of Pages 320
Publisher Profile Books Ltd