NAZIS AND JEWS: A THEMATIC APPROACH TO THREE EXILE WORKS BY FRIEDRICH TORBERG
Friedrich Torberg was born on September 16 1908, in Vienna, to Theresia Berg Kantor and Alfred Kantor, an assimilated Jewish couple. From 1908 until 1938, Torberg spent his time working and writing in Vienna and Prague. In 1938 with German troops "occupying" Austria and a marked increase in support for the fascist Sudeten German Party in Czechoslovakia, Torberg relocated to Zurich. During the next 16 months, Friedrich Torberg was forced to immigrate many times, finally making his way to Lisbon, where, with the help of some well-connected friends, he received a visa to the United States. Torberg lived in the U.S. from 1940 until his return to Austria in 1951. This dissertation is a thematic analysis of two novels (Auch das war Wien and Hier bin ich, mein Vater) and one novella (Mein ist die Rache) written during Friedrich Torberg's exile in the United States. All three works contain a Jewish protagonist who finds himself in conflict with the Nazi State, his environment, and his own Jewish identity. The dissertation consists of five chapters plus a bibliography. The first chapter gives biographical information about Torberg and an overview of previous Torberg scholarship. I provide an in-depth discussion of the major themes occurring in each individual work in chapters two through four, and in the final chapter, I demonstrate that there are common motifs running throughout these works, some of which are Jewish in character and others which frequently appear in exile literature.
School:University of Cincinnati
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:friedrich torberg jewish exile literature
Date of Publication:01/01/2001