The Tennis Champion Who Escaped the Nazis : Liesl Herbst’s Journey, from Vienna to Wimbledon

The Tennis Champion Who Escaped the Nazis : Liesl Herbst’s Journey, from Vienna to Wimbledon
WhenJune 5, 2023 at 14:30
Where1855, Sturminster Newton
Market Cross
Sturminster Newton
Dorset
DT10 1AT

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Price£8
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Author: Felice Hardy

Liesl Herbst, Austrian National Tennis champion, fled Nazi occupation with her family – this is the moving story of their escape and of what happened to those left behind.

In 1930, at the age of twenty-six, Liesl Herbst was the Austrian National Tennis Champion, a celebrity in Vienna. Liesl, her husband David and their daughter Dorli came to Britain after escaping the Nazis. In London, though initially stripped of their Austrian passports and rendered stateless aliens, both Liesl and her daughter Dorli competed at Wimbledon. They remain the only mother and daughter ever to have played doubles together at Wimbledon. This moving story of escape and survival is told by Liesl’s granddaughter Felice. It is as much a search for the author’s own identity as for her own children and grandchildren to ensure that their remarkable family history is never lost again.

AUTHOR Felice Hardy is a journalist and author. As a travel writer, Felice has toured the world for a variety of publications including Guardian, Telegraph, Condé Nast Traveller and British Airways’ High Life magazine. She co-edits the ski information website Welove2ski and hosts the podcast Action Packed Travel


 

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FELICE HARDY

The Tennis Champion Who Escaped the Nazis : Liesl Herbst’s Journey, from Vienna to Wimbledon

Author: Felice Hardy

Liesl Herbst, Austrian National Tennis champion, fled Nazi occupation with her family – this is the moving story of their escape and of what happened to those left behind.

In 1930, at the age of twenty-six, Liesl Herbst was the Austrian National Tennis Champion, a celebrity in Vienna. Liesl, her husband David and their daughter Dorli came to Britain after escaping the Nazis. In London, though initially stripped of their Austrian passports and rendered stateless aliens, both Liesl and her daughter Dorli competed at Wimbledon. They remain the only mother and daughter ever to have played doubles together at Wimbledon. This moving story of escape and survival is told by Liesl’s granddaughter Felice. It is as much a search for the author’s own identity as for her own children and grandchildren to ensure that their remarkable family history is never lost again.

AUTHOR Felice Hardy is a journalist and author. As a travel writer, Felice has toured the world for a variety of publications including Guardian, Telegraph, Condé Nast Traveller and British Airways’ High Life magazine. She co-edits the ski information website Welove2ski and hosts the podcast Action Packed Travel


 

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