Making Friends, Making Families: Post-World War II Marriages between Austrian Women and British Soldiers, 1945–1955

Lukas Schretter
2022 Genealogy  
Between 1945 and 1955, Austria, like Germany, was divided into four zones under the control of the Soviet Union, the United States of America, Britain, and France. This article discusses marriages between British "occupiers" and Austrian "occupied" between 1945 and 1955, examining the policies for contact from the enactment of the non-fraternisation order until the lifting of the marriage ban. It shows how marriages were concluded despite bureaucratic and legal obstacles and discusses the
more » ... ences of Austrian "war brides" upon their arrival and settlement in Britain. The analysis draws upon a wide range of documents to survey the response of the British government and military authorities to British–Austrian relationships and marriage applications. Case studies of an Austrian war bride and children of married British–Austrian couples represent the links between state and military intervention and individual experiences set off by the presence of Allied soldiers in Austria during the first decade after the end of World War II.
doi:10.3390/genealogy6030074 fatcat:nxa45kxgvngczahh4u2q32hvle