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Journey of No Return
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Part 1 Departure - the flight of the intellectuals: Alfred Kerr - the king of critics; Max Herrmann-Neisse - the poet as outsider; Karl Otten - a writer of conviction; Robert Neumann - with the pens of others; Stefan Zweig - the world's most translated living author; and arrival. Part 2 The waiting-room, 1933-1936: the cultural context - Stefan Zweig - "miles away from politics"; Robert Neumann - lost in translation; Max Herrmann-Neisse - "my life is ever emptier"; Alfred Kerr - "an irreproachable and harmless young man of 67 years". Part 3 Isolation or integration, 1936-1939 -aspects of appeasement: Karl Otten - the shadow of Spain; Alfred Kerr - living "from miracle to miracle"; Max Herrmann-Neisse - "monologue on a foreign stage"; the end of Austria - Stefan Zweig - the burden of success; Robert Neumann - an expert in survival; peace in our times. Part 4 Enemy aliens, 1939-1941: the phoney war and internment - "concentration camp -English style"; the world of yesterday; "quietly and inconspicuously"; "doing their bit" - German writers at the BBC; "marching on" - Karl Otten as scriptwriter; "serving the cause" - Alfred Kerr and the BBC. Part 5 No man's land, 1941-1945: writers without language -death of a European; metamorphosis - the making of an "English author"; the limits of cultural mobility; "after the war is over..." - thoughts on Germany; free Austria. Part 6 Return journey: once an emigrant, always an emigrant.

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