Recommendation: New Blog about Austrian WWII emigrants Martin and Hanna Norbert Miller



a fantastic new blog about a project at the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies at the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies (University of London) to catalogue the papers of actors and playwrights Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert Miller, who came to London as refugees in 1939 and started a second career with their satirical theatre “Laterndl”. Follow archivist Dr Clare George‘s reports about the exciting findings in the couples’ estate that resides in the archives of Senate House Germanic Studies Library, and learn more about the network of Austrian and German emigrants who distinctly shaped the British landscape of exile and post-War theatre.

Cataloguing the Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert Miller Archive

Hello, and welcome to my blog about a project to catalogue the papers of Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert Miller. Martin and Hannah were Austrian Jewish actors, active in the theatre in 1930s Vienna, who came to London as refugees in 1939. The couple were pivotal figures in German exile theatre in the UK during World War 2, and after the war they stayed in London and made it their home. While Hannah mainly worked for the BBC’s German language radio service, Martin featured in many British theatre productions, films and TV programmes alongside such important post-war theatre and film figures as Michael Redgrave, Peggy Ashcroft and Richard Attenborough. One of his best-known character roles was as the Führer himself, whom he parodied in numerous BBC radio and theatre sketches during the War.

After Hannah’s death in 1998, Daniel Miller, the couple’s son, deposited the papers that the couple had accumulated at what was then the Institute of Germanic Studies…

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