Soma Morgenstern—the Vienna years and escape into exile
The writer Soma Morgenstern (born 1890 in Galicia, died 1976 in New York), storyteller, feature writer, friend of Joseph Roth and Alban Berg, lived from 1912 in Vienna and became an Austrian citizen there in 1929. As a Jew and journalist highly critical of the Nazis, he managed to escape in the nick of time in March 1938 via France to the USA. He spent his last years in Vienna at Belvederegasse 10 in the 4th district. A commemorative plaque was erected there to mark the fortieth anniversary of his death.
Georg B. Deutsch and Jacques Lajarrige recall Morgenstern’s Vienna years and his escape through France. Dan Morgenstern, Soma Morgenstern’s son, who was eight years old in 1938, will also narrate his recollections. Extracts from Morgenstern’s works will be read by Peter Matic.
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