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Stephen Poliakoff and an odd moment in the trees of Vienna

By David Herman  

Here’s a strange thing. Jonathan Wilson’s novel The Hiding Room, first published in 1995, has been republished. Its most dramatic moment is when Esta Weiss, a Jewish refugee from Vienna, tells her lover what happened to her and her mother in Vienna after the Anschluss: ‘”First, they stood over us and made us eat the grass. We were animals, you see. They stood on our hands with their boots and cracked the bones. They they put a blue ladder against the trunk of a tree and made us climb into the lower branches. We had to twitter and croak like…

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