New York: Emigrants at the regulars’ table since 1943 | SA | 26 03 2022 | 9:05

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“I really wanted to save the regulars’ table and I still do,” Trudy tells Jeremias in her cozy apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The regulars’ table, to which the 95-year-old invites people every Wednesday, has existed since 1943. It was founded by emigrants from Germany and Austria. In addition to the language, the regulars share “memories of similar events in life. Of flight or emigration and also of the time before 1938,” as Arnold Greissle-Schönberg explains. Like Trudy, the grandson of the composer Arnold Schönberg, born in 1923, was expelled from Austria shortly after the “Anschluss” because of his Jewish origins. Marion House is also one of the regular Stammtisch guests. She recently celebrated her 98th birthday. At 16 she fled Berlin on a Kindertransport.

Over the years, numerous New Yorkers by choice and visitors from Austria and Germany have been included in the regulars’ table. Just like the annually changing young volunteers from Austria who record the stories of Shoah survivors in interviews for the Memorial Service Association.

The regulars’ table is a fixed point in the everyday life of its members. When face-to-face meetings were no longer possible in March 2020 due to the corona pandemic, it was moved to the Internet. The young historian Katharina Menschick was a guest in the group for over a year and spoke to Arnold, Trudy and Marion about their lives.

Sound: Fridolin pride
Editor: Elisabeth Stratka

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Oral history interview with Trudy Jeremias in the Austrian Heritage Archive of the GEDENKDIENST association and the Wiener Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies
Association memorial service
Oral history interview with Arnold Greissle-Schoeneberg in the online archive of the Leo Baeck Institute
Leo Baeck Institute
Emil Rennert, Shani Bar On: Almost a ritual – Gaby Glückselig’s regulars’ table for emigrants in New York (Edition Exil, 2015):
Emigrants’ regulars’ table
Stella Schuhamcher: Stammtisch der Sehnsucht (Der Standard, 2019):
The standard

Book tip:
Arnold Greissle-Schönberg: Arnold Schönberg and his Vienna circle – memories of his grandson (Böhlau Verlag, 1998, out of print)

Patricia Paweletz: With Trudy Jeremias in New York – told by a Viennese emigrant (Punktum books, 2020)

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