Austria, the Past and Anti-Semitism

Part of the Archival Insights into the Evolution of Economics book series (AIEE)


In the 1920s and 1930s, Thomas Joseph Kendrick was posted to Vienna as the British passport officer—a cover for his work as a spymaster running agents across Europe. After Hitler annexed Austria (March 1938), Kendrick’s spying for the British came under strain as he embarked on a humanitarian mission which saved up to 200 Jews a day. Obscured by decades of secrecy, Kendrick’s legacy is unknown in Austria today, and largely unknown in the UK. His mission ended with betrayal by a double agent, interrogation by the Gestapo and expulsion from Austria. In this chapter, Dr Fry raises important questions about Austria’s legacy of anti-Semitism, whilst recognising that it had a redemptive strand that can help it come to terms with its past.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Honorary Fellow, Department of Hebrew & Jewish StudiesUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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