My grandmother left for Vienna on alone and foot, around age 22, to meet her brother at a refugee camp there. Her brother had fled to Vienna a bit earlier with his wife and a coworker. When my grandmother arrived she was told only married couples were allowed to travel to America.
She didn’t know anybody there except her brother’s coworker, so they got married on the spot outside Saint Stephens Cathedral, my grandmother clad in the only clothing she was able to bring – a navy blue skirt suit.
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