On April 9, district representative Ursula Lichtenegger officially named Jakov-Lind-Strasse in Vienna’s 2nd district. It commemorates author, painter and filmmaker Jakov Lind (1927-2007), who was able to flee from the Nazis to the Netherlands in a Kindertransport (children’s transport). The Jewish Welcome Service invited Lind’s daughter Oona Napier Lind and grandson Orlando Lind to Vienna for the street-naming ceremony.
Author, painter and filmmaker Jakov Lind was born to Jewish parents in Vienna in 1927, was able to escape into exile in the Netherlands in 1938, and after the occupation of the Netherlands, laid low with falsified papers in Germany. After spending various stages of his life in Israel, France and New York, he eventually settled in London in 1954, where he died in 2007.
He was closely associated with Group 47, and wrote novels, stage plays, radio and television dramas. Lind moved “between languages and countries, between writing and painting, between the tragic and the comic”, as was stated in the justification for the awarding of the Theodor Kramer Prize, which Lind received posthumously in 2007. His daughter Oona Napier Lind donated further paintings by her father to the Austrian Exile Library, thus supplementing the existing legacy. (Source: Literaturhaus Wien).