Conclusion: “A Bit in the Middle of Nowhere”
“ ‘I’m not an Englishwoman, I don’t think I am. On the other hand, I’m not an Austrian either; I’m not a Jewess either because my religion doesn’t come into it. So I’m a bit in the middle of nowhere.’ ”1 This is the ultimate self-assessment of Gertrud Wengraf, who was born in 1915 in Ludenburg, Moravia, and who grew up in Vienna after her family moved there when she was thirteen. Her father was an industrial chemist, and she herself studied at the university, where she was active in a Socialist youth movement; there also she met her husband, a Jewish art dealer. Right after Austria joined Germany they left for England, settling in London, where she still lives. Her husband’s picture dealing prospered so that he was able to open an art gallery, and they have a son, born soon after their arrival in England.
KeywordsDust Depression Europe Shipping Assimilation
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