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Fleeing Nazi persecution, he came to Australia. Not as a free man like the photographer Horst Eisfelder, but as a British deportee on the Dunera, heading for the internment camps at Hay in New South Wales:
Klaus Friedeberger, Children Playing, 1959-1962, oil on canvas. Copyright Klaus Friedeberger estate
Born in Berlin in 1922, the artist Klaus Friedeberger escaped Nazi Germany in 1937. After studying at the Quaker School in Holland, he arrived in London as a refugee in 1939. Classified as an ‘enemy alien,’ he was interned and subsequently deported to Australia on the transport ship Dunera. He spent two years in internment camps at Hay in New South Wales. Released in 1942, he joined the Australian Army Labour Corps, and after demobilization, he studied art at East Sydney Technical College. After ten years in Australia, Friedeberger returned to Europe and settled in London, where he lived and worked until his death in 2019.
Presentation by Monica Sidhu, followed by a conversation with the late Klaus’ wife Julie Friedeberger and British Museum curator Stephen Coppel, London.