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. In
Lisbon, Alma Mahler-Werfel spent probably the most challenging
and decisive months of her life.
Lisbon meant rescue for her. "I can never forget those
days of paradisiacal peace in a paradisiacal country, after
the torment of the previous months!, Alma wrote in her
autobiography. There's no country which helped as many refugees
as Portugal in those days. The small country became a transition
for many well known refugees such as Heinrich Mann, Lion Feuchtwanger
and Franz Werfel.
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