Authors Charles and Carrie Paterson will present a slide presentation about their recently released book, “Escape Home: Rebuilding a Life After the Anschluss, a Family Memoir,” at 5 p.m. today at Explore Booksellers in Aspen.
An Aspen resident since 1949, Charles Paterson’s life was altered on March 12, 1938, when Adolf Hitler annexed Austria into the Third Reich — the Anschluss. The fate of his family — notable members of Central Europe’s Jewish entrepreneurs and bankers along with renowned architect Adolf Loos — is detailed through memory and newly discovered documents and research.
Paterson witnessed the birth of modern Aspen in 1949 while working as a bellhop at the Hotel Jerome and as an usher at the summer Goethe Bicentennial. He was a founding member of the Aspen business community, designing and building The Boomerang, one of Aspen’s earliest ski lodges, after apprenticing with Frank Lloyd Wright in the master’s last years. Paterson was also a ski instructor in Aspen’s fledgling ski school, managed by co-directors Friedl Pfiefer and Fred Iselin.
The event is free and open to the public.