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16 Österreicherin im Haushalt: The Periodical of Austrian Domestics

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From 1938 onwards many Austrian refugees came to England with a domestic permit. This work permit allowed the employment as a domestic servant in private households. It was never intended that the women should stay in the country permanently. In many cases the refugees were exploited. In 1939 the Austrian Centre was founded, which immediately established an organisation for domestics with job placements and an advice office. Five issues of their so far little known periodical, Österreicherin im Haus­halt. The Periodical of Austrian Domestics, edited by the Gemeinschaft österreichi­scher Hausgehilfinnen, are in the Austrian Archive for Exile Studies. The periodical offers insights into the work of the organisation and will be analysed here with a focus on the living and working conditions of the Austrian refugee domestics in England.



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