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I just read this great story in the latest Ploughshares like this about a man escaping the Russian Revolution by riding bikes to Paris....😀
After the Nazis took my grandfather away to be murdered, my grandmother hiked over the Alps from Vienna to Italy to get onboard a ship to England and subsequently Australia. She didn't have a manuscript, but she was pregnant with my father.
She was part of the Bohemian arts movement, and knew and worked with artists in Paris and later Melbourne.