• 'This cannot last long': The Life and Exile of Daisy Illich from Austria, 1934-1945

    Author(s):
    Thomas Bachrach (see profile)
    Editor(s):
    Katalin Straner
    Date:
    2018
    Subject(s):
    Jewish Holocaust (1939-1945), Third Reich, Jews, Austrian, Refugees, Jewish refugees, Antisemitism, Anschluss (Austria
    Item Type:
    Dissertation
    Institution:
    University of Southampton
    Tag(s):
    anschluss, antisemitism, Austria, british antisemitism, Holocaust, jewish refugees, nazi germany, Refugees, third reich
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/vapp-mp83
    Abstract:
    This essay examines the memoirs of Daisy Illich in the context of the Anschluss, the Holocaust, Austrian Jews, and the British attitude towards Jewish refugees. I examine the memoirs over three, roughly chronological themes. Firstly, I discuss the Stricker family’s experience in pre-Kristallnacht Vienna in comparison to other primary sources, and the fresh insight it provides regarding the historiography of this period – in particular, the discussion over awareness of Austrian Jews to the impending catastrophe. Developing on these themes in the second chapter, I analyse the Stricker family’s escape from Vienna, and how Illich’s retelling challenges existing conceptions of Austrian Jewish emigration to Britain during the refugee crisis of the 1930s. Finally, I use Illich’s account of her time in Britain to provide an assessment of recent historiographical debates over antisemitism towards refugees, before examining the evolution of the Stricker family’s Austrian Jewish identity as refugees.
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