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Sally Crawford, Katharina Ulmschneider, and Jaś Elsner

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199687558

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687558.001.0001

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Becoming Artists

Becoming Artists

Ernst Eisenmayer, Kurt Weiler, and Refugee Support Networks in Wartime Oxford

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Fran Lloyd

Oxford University Press

From 1939 to 1940 Oxford played a pivotal role in the shaping of the artistic careers of two young German-speaking Jewish refugees: Ernst Eisenmayer and Kurt Weiler. Eisenmayer arrived in Oxford in 1939 through the support of Professor J. L. Brierly, who secured his release from Dachau Concentration Camp, and became trainee tool maker at Lucy & Co. Eagle Ironworks. Weiler arrived by Kindertransport in 1939 and studied Fine Art in Oxford. Through the refugee hostel in Linton Road, Eisenmayer and Weiler met and established a lifelong friendship. Based upon drawings, photographs, and interviews with the artists’ and their friends, the chapter offers a fascinating insight into the early war years in Oxford, the refugee hostel in Linton Road, and the role that refugee networks, including Young Austria, relief organizations, and British academics played in securing the safety and education of these young refugees fleeing from National Socialism.

Keywords:   artists, drawings, Eagle Ironworks, Ernst Eisenmayer, J. L. Brierly, Kurt Weiler, refugee hostel, Young Austria

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