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dc.contributor.authorGriffin, Helga M
dc.date.accessioned2021-03-15T13:35:48Z
dc.date.available2021-03-15T13:35:48Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifierONIX_20210315_9781760464271_47
dc.identifier.urihttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/47332
dc.description.abstractThis is a story of a girl's construction of her identity, and of her family’s search for a place in the world, for the Heimat that is so resonant for those of German background. We follow Helga through an adventurous childhood in Iran, whose vast open spaces her mother called 'my spiritual home’. Her engineer father worked on a grand scale, designing and laying roads and railways, and tunnelling through mountain ranges. Then came the invasions of World War II, and the family, half-German, half-Austrian, found themselves on a long voyage to Australia, designated enemy aliens. They were interned for nearly five years in the dusty Victorian countryside. On their release at the end of the War, stranded in Melbourne, they sought another home. The children were dispatched to convents, and at the Academy of Mary Immaculate, Helga found a temporary homeland, in faith. Everyday life in the Australia of the late 1940s and early 1950s is freshly seen by this feisty, loving migrant family. Through their eyes, we encounter a strange place, Australia, as if for the first time. Helga’s development from a thoughtful, sensitive child to a self-possessed young woman, wrestling with her faith and with how to live a decent life, is vividly recounted.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::B Biography & True Stories
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::B Biography & True Stories::BM Memoirs
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HB History::HBJ Regional & national history::HBJM Australasian & Pacific history
dc.subject.otherInternment
dc.subject.otherWorld War II
dc.subject.otherPersia
dc.subject.otherGermany
dc.subject.otherExile
dc.titleAt Home in Exile
dc.title.alternativeA Memoir
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.22459/AHE.2021
oapen.relation.isPublishedByddc8cc3f-dd57-40ef-b8d5-06f839686b71
oapen.relation.isbn9781760464271
oapen.imprintANU Press
oapen.pages280
oapen.place.publicationCanberra


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