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Caught in a Snare: Hitler's Refugee Academics, 1933-1949
Caught in a Snare explores the plight of the refugee scholars fleeing Germany and the Incorporated Territories between 1933 and the beginning of World War II in 1939, and the War years in England.
The author brings together insight gained through personal experience and the discipline of an academic historian to provide a study that is unique in its ability to bring into focus the turmoil faced by the scholars, while at the same time give a well researched account of the dilemmas facing those in a position to help.
Caught in a Snare is comprised of three discourses, the first is a series of 'frames' or vignettes which portray revealing incidents in the lives of Franz Braun and his English wife Margaret Lester, as they live the despair, hope and passion of Franz's acclimatisation to British academic culture and an English way of life. Franz and Margaret are a composite portrait of various couples who were friends of the author.
The second discourse is overtly autobiographical. Living in England during the years 1933 to 1950 the author, a fifth generation Australian of Jewish descent, married a German Jewish philosopher who was a client of The Society for the Protection of Science and Learning (S.P.S.L).
The third discourse explores the collective memory. The historian's discourse is based on the archive of the S.P.S.L. and contemporary records and is analysed in the context of later historians' writings. Some socio-linguistic considerations inform an aspect of the history.