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Books | February 2016

Jews arriving by train in Pithiviers, 1941

Richard Davenport-Hines on 'Asylum: A Survivor’s Flight From Nazi-occupied Vienna Through Wartime France' by Moriz Scheyer

Moriz Scheyer (1886–1949) was the arts editor of a leading Vienna newspaper until he fled from Austria with his wife in 1938. Goering had declared in Vienna: ‘For Jews who are unable to leave, there are only two possibilities: to die of hunger, or be rooted out by fire and sword.’ Nine thousand Viennese Jews had killed themselves since the Anschluss. Scheyer settled in Paris, where French police detained him as a ‘ressortissant hitlérien’ (a subject of Hitler) in September 1939.