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Muriel's War: An American Heiress in the Nazi Resistance
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-f...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade
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A journey into one of the most interesting lives I have read. Muriel's War creates tension, intrigue and fascination in the life of a woman who lived what she valued. Not much of that around today. It was a life Socrates (Know Thyself) would have admired. Muriel knew herself and transcended the things in life that constrict most people. She had a magnificent journey in a time of world strife and suffering. She was a true hero of superlative character. Muriel left the world a better place than wh...more
Good book. Muriel was the independent-minded daughter of one of the Chicago meatpacking families. She is an interesting woman, with a social conscience - she even had a revolutionary streak and supported the socialists. She happened to be in Austria during the time the Nazis came to power there, and because of her privileged status as a wealthy American and her connections among the socialists, including her friend/lover, she was thrust into a position of providing haven and arranging for fake p...more
The life of Muriel Gardiner Buttinger really began, before her birth, with her grandfathers who developed the meat packing industry in Chicago. Gus Swift and Nelson Morris developed an empire which made them very rich men. It was their fortunes that enabled her to live the life she chose. Although her father was Jewish, she was not raised in the Jewish faith. Religion was not a major issue to either her mother or her father. It was only during the time of Hitler's rise to power and enactment of...more
True story of an American woman, heiress of the Swift (meatpacking) family. She disdained the live of a debutante, and became interested in women's and human rights She was in medical school in Vienna at the time the Nazi's rose to power and took over Austria. She and her husband helped many Socialists and Jews escaped. They were on the last boat from Europe. They helped found International Rescue Committee. Some believe Lillian Hellman's "Julia" was based on her life. She worked as a psychiatri...more
Muriel's War is a fabulously written account of an extraordinary woman. Though this book is less of a narrative and more of a well-researched biographical account, it is nonetheless captivating. Isenberg does an amazing job of taking all the many names and nuances of a complex life and period of history and keeping the reader next to her, facilitating this conveyance of a mass amount of information in an understandable way, while using lovely prose. A fascinating read.