Family Tree Introduction I. HERMINE Klimt God Gas-Lights Family Gala Pictures Rooms II. GRETL Diaries Tango Love War Hoffmann Death Sex Marriage III. ANNELORE Memory Austro-Fascism Anschluss Visas Subterfuge Loss Capture IV. ANNE 1939 Aliens Correspondence Eric Return Dispersal Restitution Identity Notes Acknowledgements Index
Tim Bonyhady is a cultural historian and environmental lawyer at the Australian National University. His many books include the prize-winning The Colonial Earth.
A glittering family saga of privilege and tragedy. * Sunday
This is a deeply affecting portrait of a family and the way that memory is held through objects and art. It is a remarkable book. -- Edmund de Waal, author of THE HARE WITH AMBER EYES
So rich in texture, so full of artistic and visual detail, that a whole lost central European world, and particularly its art, architecture and music, comes alive on the page. * The Spectator *
Rich and enthralling -- Alexander Waugh
A captivating tour-de-force. * Art Monthly *
tells a riveting three-generational family story without sentimentality that, because of the meticulousness of the research, displays a whole society to us, with habits, lifestyles, attitudes and aspirations so different from ours... It is essentially an essay on the human spirit, with all its angularities and complexities. * Australian Book Review *