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SS ORAMA pamphlet for Colombo

Date: 1939
Dimensions:
Overall: 177 x 115 mm
Medium: Cardboard, ink
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Walter and Jean Lederer Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Pamphlet
Object No: 00015938

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    Description
    SS ORAMA's information pamphlet for the stopover at Colombo was printed onboard the ship. It details information for the landing passengers such as baggage, train and post services when the ship arrives at 10am on Wednesday 8 July 1939. This pamphlet was given to passengers Arthur, Valerie and Walter Lederer, who were displaced migrants fleeing Jewish persecution by the Nazis in Europe.
    SignificanceThe story of the Lederer family provides a glimpse into the experiences of Vienna's Jewish population prior to World War II and illustrates the tortuous journey many emigrants were forced to endure in order to find safety. This passenger ship pamphlet illustrates the journey of the Lederer family and many others escaping Nazi-occupied Europe for Australia.
    HistoryBorn in Vienna, Austria in 1889, Arthur Lederer was a talented tailor who made gala uniforms for European royalty and high society. On the eve of Adolf Hitler’s march into Vienna in March 1938, Lederer was working on Archduke Otto of Austria’s crowning robes, believing that the exiled monarch would return.

    In November 1938 Arthur Lederer, his wife Valerie and their son Walter attempted to escape the escalating Jewish persecution in Nazi-occupied Austria. They travelled by taxi from Vienna to the Austria-Czechoslovakia border but were held up by the German Gestapo and thrown into jail. They were released after three days and returned home to Vienna.

    Four weeks later they made another attempt to escape. The family purchased passports in December 1938 and travelled by Austrian Airlines to Prague, Czechoslovakia. The League of Nations (forerunner to the United Nations) issued them with Nansen passports, an internationally recognised identity card provided to stateless refugees.

    Arthur then started appealing to his well-connected clients for help to escape Europe. Most clients did not respond, perhaps fearing they would be persecuted by the Nazis for assisting Jews. Eventually Lady Max Muller, wife of the British Ambassador to Spain, provided them with tickets to Australia and the £300 arrival money required by the Australian Government.

    The family travelled to Australia on the Orient liner SS ORAMA, which departed Toulon, France on 17 June 1939. ORAMA stopped at Naples, Italy, Port Said, Egypt, Aden, Yemen and Colombo, Ceylon before arriving in Fremantle, Western Australia. From Fremantle the Lederers sailed to Sydney, where they began their new life in Australia.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: SS "ORAMA" ENGLAND TO AUSTRALIA INFORMATION FOR PASSENGERS ON STOPOVER IN `COLOMBO', PRINTED ON BOARD SHIP

    Web title: SS ORAMA pamphlet for Colombo

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    Publisher: Orient Line

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