Driftwood: Escape and survival through art
Eva De Jong-Duldig
‘Driftwood’ is a compelling story of the emigration of sculptor Karl Duldig (1902–1986), his artist/inventor wife Slawa Horowitz-Duldig (1902–1975) and their daughter Eva, the author. Their journey begins with a timely exit from Vienna to Singapore in 1938, to escape the war in Europe, then across continents to Australia in 1940 to an intern camp in northern Victoria classified as enemy aliens. Released in 1942 with renewed hope, determination and strength of spirit, the family moved to Melbourne. Karl and Slawa’s artistic skills afforded them opportunity to make and teach art and was key to their survival in this new land. From a meagre starting point, in the face of adversity, dislocation from homeland and loss of family, together they built a new and successful life.