Muriel's War

Muriel's War

An American Heiress in the Nazi Resistance

Book - 2010
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"An American heiress turned resistance hero, Muriel Gardiner was an electrifying woman who impressed everyone she met with her beauty, intelligence, and powerful personality. Her adventurous life led her from Chicago's high society to a Viennese medical school, from Sigmund Freud's inner circle to the Austrian underground. Over the years, she saved countless Jews and anti-fascists, providing shelter and documents ensuring their escape. This remarkable woman's life as a legend of the Austrian Resistance was captured in the movie Julia with Vanessa Redgrave and remains an inspiration to all those who believe that one individual can change the world. Gardiner's astonishing story is told here for the first time in all its variety and unanticipated twists and turns"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780230615656
0230615651
Branch Call Number: 940.5343 Is
Description: 239 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm

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DorisWaggoner
Nov 04, 2011

Muriel Morris, heir to the Swift and Morris meatpacking fortunes, rejected her family's values, going to Vienna after Wellsley. After two brief marriages and a daughter, she had a string of affairs before falling in love with an Austrian fellow worker in the Nazi resistance. She used her money and contacts to help smuggle Jews and others in danger out of Austria, even after leaving in 1938. Her radical politics extended to sexual matters, as both of them had a string of affairs, while depending on each other to the end of their lives. Deeply researched, mostly well written, fascinating story.

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BornToCirc
Dec 09, 2017

A wealthy American expatriate witnesses the rise of Nazism in Austria. Breathtaking stories about helping the resistance to fascist forces.

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