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This appealing personal history combines autobiography with a picture of the international situation in the middle of the twentieth century. After some time spent visiting friends and family in war-torn France and Belgium, the author and her parents obtained passes to join her brother in Australia on a journey which was to change her life completely. Through her eyes we experience the sea voyage and Sydney life in the 1940s and gain an original perspective on Australia during this period. Her vivid descriptions clearly convey the impact of post-war migration, and the story of her subsequent return to Europe and later marriage to the Australian scientist, Henry Harris, make this a most attractive and authentic cultural history.
Alexandra Fanny Brodsky is a linguist with a particular interest in the European literature, history and art of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. She is the author of Smoke Signals and A Fragile Identity: Survival in Nazi-Occupied Belgium, both published by the Radcliffe Press. She is married to a biologist and has three children.
Table of Contents
|Acronyms and Abbreviations||vii|
|Chapter 1. A Civilian Setting||1|
|Chapter 2. The Brussels Scene||11|
|Chapter 3. Plans and Activities||16|
|Chapter 4. First Time to France||23|
|Chapter 5. New Friends||37|
|Chapter 6. A Brush with Trouble||43|
|Chapter 7. Beginning of a Gloomy Winter||47|
|Chapter 8. A Fateful Decision||52|
|Chapter 9. Adventurous Weeks||63|
|Chapter 10. Settling into Different Traditions||79|
|Chapter 11. The Search for Other Avenues||86|
|Chapter 12. The Social Sphere||90|
|Chapter 13. Change of Face||95|
|Chapter 14. Strange Complications||103|
|Chapter 15. A Sad Outcome||112|
|Chapter 16. The Prophecy in Bibka's Gift||117|
|Chapter 17. A Hectic Pace of Life||125|
|Chapter 18. A Concatenation of Events||136|
|Chapter 19. The Tangled Web of Conscience and Emotion||145|
|Chapter 20. Respite after Turmoil||151|
|Chapter 21. Old Friends, Old Haunts||160|
|Chapter 22. Formalities and Raised Hopes||173|
|Chapter 23. New Difficulties||179|
|Chapter 24. A Curious Development||188|
|Chapter 25. Vacillations||194|
|Chapter 26. Anxious Days||204|
|Chapter 27. The Journey Back||211|
|Chapter 28. The Serious Step||224|
|Chapter 29. First Days Together||228|
|Chapter 30. Prelude to Departure||258|