Alma and Franz Werfel flew Vienna in 1938 for France when Austria fell to the German army. In 1940, the Werfels along with Heinrich Mann flew by foot over the rugged Pyrenees to Spain, ultimately leaving Europe for the United States on board the New Hellas, the last regular ship from Lisbon.

Their first stay in the States was Los Angeles, her last New York. For Franz Werfel sort of an American Dream came true when his novel «The Song of Bernadette» was set into an Oscar-winning film in 1943.

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