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Through the Trapdoor

Jeremy Harding: Walter Benjamin’s Last Day

19 July 2007
The Narrow Foothold 
by Carina Birman.
Hearing Eye, 29 pp., £7, August 2006, 9781905082100
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... had become the order of the day and remained so, long after the hope of leaving by boat had turned out, for most, to be illusory. The Narrow Foothold, a 16-page memoir, opens in Marseille, where CarinaBirman was waiting in September 1940 to get out of the country. Birman had been the legal adviser at the Austrian Embassy in Paris until the Anschluss, when it was shut down. She seems to have ...

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