My story

Skall, Lily

The story of Lily Skall and her family escaping the Nazi occupation from Vienna to Shanghai and eventually to Melbourne.


The daughter of middle class Viennese Jews, Lily enjoyed a happy childhood and adolescence in a down-to-earth, loving family. Then came a narrow escape from the Nazi occupation to Shanghai, one of the few places you didn’t need papers to enter. On the way, in Genoa, she married her beloved Ernst. Their years in Shanghai were full of great hardship, including the death of Lily’s father from typhoid. Arriving in Melbourne in January 1947, they built a great life for themselves and their daughters. An engaging narrative, told directly and with humour.