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Do you know of mum and girl who fled Nazis?
9:00am Monday 28th October 2013 in News
AN Austrian academic is looking for information about a mother and daughter from the country who fled to the Malvern area to escape the Nazis.
Teacher Astrid Frauendienst is researching a PhD thesis on the lives of Anna and Edith Wilensky, who were cultural luminaries in the Austrian city of Linz.
She has approached Malvern Museum for help, and Faith Renger of the museum hopes that Gazette readers may be able to assist her.
Mrs Renger said: “The family contributed greatly to the Austrian cultural scene during this time.
“Father Julian Wilensky, who died in 1914, had been a famous opera tenor and in the years 1891 to 1905 performed in Wagner’s operas across Europe.
“Anna Wilensky was born in 1882 and worked as a journalist for the daily socialist newspaper.
“Her daughter, Edith, made a career on the stage and became a solo dancer in operatic performances and ran her own school for modern dance in Linz.”
However, mother and daughter, who were Jewish, escaped to England in 1939 when Hitler’s Germany annexed Austria.
It is possible that Anna became a housekeeper at Madresfield Court. Mrs Renger said: “What is known is that the women found lodgings in Worcester after the war and Edith set up a dance studio there; they were living in Pickersleigh Road by 1950.
“It is thought that Edith offered dance tuition in Malvern.
“It is not known when Anna died but Edith died in Malvern in 1976.”
Anyone with information can contact Mrs Renger at the museum on 01684 567811.
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