|Alison H wrote:|
|Soviet control of eastern Austria ended in 1955 and at that point Austria became reunified and self-governing again. Trying to think what date Coming of Age would have been ... trouble is that the dates are all so inconsistent!|
By my reckoning (which is probably wrong and someone will probably point out my error!) Coming of Age should be summer 1953 - working on the assumption that the triplets were born in 1939.
|Still, assuming she wrote it in 1957, that's only two years after the Russians left and I imagine there may have been concerns that they could view Austria as a rogue state and come back, in a similar manner to the way they crushed uprisings in Hungary in 1956. I don't blame the school for not wanting to go into a country that would be seen as political. Neutral Switzerland seems much safer!|
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