Photograph of Arthur and Valerie Lederer, Grand Hotel Europe Salzburg

Pre 1938

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum
Sydney, Australia

This silver gelatin photograph shows Arthur and Valerie Lederer in front of the Grand Hotel Europe in Salzburg, Austria. They are elegantly dressed in formal attire for an event held during the Salzburg festival. The Lederer family fled Vienna prior to the outbreak of World War II and came to Australia as displaced migrants. As a result of the war, allied bombing destroyed over 7,600 buildings in Salzburg including this hotel. This photograph was kept as a reminder of the family’s former life in Europe.

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  • Title: Photograph of Arthur and Valerie Lederer, Grand Hotel Europe Salzburg
  • Date: Pre 1938
  • Location: Salzburg
  • Type: Photograph
  • Significance: The story of the Lederer family provides a glimpse into the experiences of the Jewish population of Vienna and illustrates the tortuous journey many emigrants were forced to endure in order to flee to safety. This photograph is significant in documenting the story of one migrant family's flight from Nazi-occupied Europe to Australia. Such keepsakes are reminders of the homesickness suffered by many migrants and their lingering nostalgia for their homeland.
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  • Medium: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 88 x 61 mm
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection Gift from Walter and Jean Lederer Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program