Emigration from Nazi-Occupied Europe to British Overseas Territories after 1933

Emigration from Nazi-Occupied Europe to British Overseas Territories after 1933

Anthony Grenville (London), Swen Steinberg (Dresden) and Jana Buresova (London) for the Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies at the Institute of Modern Languages Research
University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
United Kingdom
Vom - Bis
13.09.2017 - 15.09.2017
Dr. Swen Steinberg

The Nazi seizure of power in central Europe resulted in several waves of forced emigration, first from Germany, later from the Saarland, Austria, and Czechoslovakia. The trajectories and destinations of this emigration westward to France, the UK, or the USA have been analyzed extensively in Exile Studies. But in recent years, alternative routes and destinations of emigration have been identified: Margit Franz and Heimo Halbrainer, for example, proposed in “Going East – Going South” (Graz: Clio 2014) a ‘new map of emigration’ demonstrating that many individuals and groups from Austria had emigrated to Asia or Africa. The conference organized by the Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies at the Institute of Modern Languages Research proposes to develop this ‘new map’ further, by focusing on the emigration to areas under British control. These included the dominions, colonies and other overseas territories of the former British Empire.

This event is supported by the Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Trust, the Austrian Cultural Forum London, the Association of Jewish Refugees, and the Wiener Library. Advance registration is required by Friday, 25 August (http://www.sas.ac.uk/events/event/6784).


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

13.00 Registration
13.45 Welcome (Catherine Davies, IMLR) / Anthony Grenville (RCGAES)
Panel 1: India
14.00 Atina Grossmann (New York): Trauma, privilege, and adventure: Jewish refugees in Iran and India
14.30 Margit Franz (Graz): Exile studies going colonial. A case study on exile to British India
15.00 Jyoti Sabharwal (New Delhi): Memories of life and cultural production in exile: colonial India in the autobiography, essays and film scripts of Willy Haas
15.30 Discussion

16.00 Tea

Panel 2: British Ceylon / British West Indies (Chair: Jennifer Taylor)
16.30 Sebastian Musch (Marbach): The German-Buddhist emigration to British Ceylon and its bifurcation
17.00 Joanna Newman (London): ‘People at Sea’: refugee journeys to the British West Indies
17.30 Discussion

17.45 Book Launch: Yearbook of the Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies, vols. 17 and 18

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Panel 3: Canada (Chair: Jana Buresova)
9.00 Patrick Farges (Paris): Transnational ‘Yekkishkeit’? A Canadian perspective
9.30 Andrea Strutz (Graz): Escape, internment and deportation: experiences of German-Jewish refugees in Canada and subsequent life stories
10.00 Discussion

10.15 Coffee

Panel 4: New Zealand (Chair: Helga Schreckenberger)
10.45 Monica Tempian (Wellington): Passages to the antipodes: flight, resettlement and integration of child refugees in New Zealand
11.15 Paul Weindling (Oxford): Medical refugees in New Zealand: a restricted refuge
11.45 Gerrit-Jan Berendse (Cardiff): The gravity of the ‘Old World’: Karl Wolfskehl’s poetic endeavours in New Zealand
12.15 Discussion

12.45 Lunch (own arrangements)

Panel 5: Australia (Chair: Swen Steinberg)
14.00 Helga Schreckenberger (Birmingham/VT): Exiles or POWs? German and Austrian refugees at the Australian internment camp Hay
14.30 Philipp Strobl (Melbourne): Fin de siècle in Down Under – Australian art scholarship in Australia and the life of Gertrude Langer
15.00 Veronika Zwerger / Ursula Seeber (Vienna): Strauss to Matilda. Österreichisches Exil in Australien. Kultureller und künstlerischer Transfer
15.30 Discussion

16.00 Tea

Panel 6: Singapore and Shanghai (Chair: Margit Franz)
16.30 Albrecht Dümling (Berlin): City organist, teacher and entertainer: the multi-talented Werner Baer (1939- 1940) in Singapore
17.00 Brigitte Mayr / Michael Omasta (Vienna): Kinder der Welt: zwei Wiener Filmpioniere in Shanghai
17.30 Discussion

19.00 Reception/Evening Programme (Chair: Anthony Grenville) at the Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, WC1B 5DP

Testimonies of Exile in British Territories Overseas and of World Jewish Relief
Lilian Kauders (Vienna) / Peter Fraenkel (London) / Lilian Levy (London)

Friday, 15 September 2017

Panel 7: Palestine (Chair: Atina Grossmann)
9.00 Irene Messinger (Vienna): Marrying for a visa to Palestine
9.30 Rony Alfandary (Ramat Gan): Sons of Holocaust survivors, fathers of immigrants
10.00 Discussion

10.30 Coffee

Panel 8: Africa (Chair: Richard Dove)
10.45 Shirli Gilbert (Southampton): German-Jewish refugees and racism in South Africa
11.15 Sarah Schwab (Constance): ‘No single loyalty’ – processes of identification among German-Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany in South Africa until the 1960s
11.45 Jutta Vinzent (Birmingham): Shifting identities and questioning entangled histories. The case of Valentin G. Braun-Dusemond
12.15 Discussion

12.45 Lunch (own arrangements)

Africa II (Chair: Marian Malet)
14.00 Frank Shapiro (Ramat Gan): Settling Jewish refugees in Northern Rhodesia
14.30 Nadav Heidecker (Haifa): From Central Europe to the Indian Ocean: the exile of Jews in Mauritius, 1940-1945
15.00 Discussion

15.15 Closing remarks

15.30 Tea / Conference ends


Jane Lewin

Jane Lewin, IMLR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU