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Bertha von Suttner

Posted by on Sep. 24, 2012 at 2:38 PM
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Bertha von Suttner was born in Prague, Bohemia, in the Austrian Empire, on June 9, 1843. She was the Suttner family's governess starting in 1873 and she became engaged to the engineer and novelist Baron Arthur Gundaccar von Suttner. However, both their families opposed the relationship, so Bertha became Alfred Nobel's Paris secretary-housekeeper and secretly married Arthur.

In 1889, Bertha published her major novel Die Waffen nieder!, meaning "Lay Down Your Arms!". It was a novel of pacifism, an opposition to all war and hostility or a belief that disputes should be handled by peaceful rather than forceful, war-like, or violent means, and has been compared to Harriet Beecher Stowe'sUncle Tom's Cabin. In 1891, Bertha established an Austrian pacifist organization in addition to her novel.

As for Alfred Nobel, Bertha corresponded with him until his death in 1896. They last met after her peace conference in Zurich in August 1892. It is thought today that she may have influenced him in the Nobel Peace Prize establishment, that he wouldn't have created the prize without her.

From 1892 to 1899, Bertha was an editor for an international pacifist journal named after her best known novel, Die Waffen nieder!. In 1905, she received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Bertha died in Vienna, Austria, on June 21, 1914. In 1919, Ellen K. S. Key wrote a book about her and Florence Nightingale called Florence Nightingale und Baroness von Suttner.

by on Sep. 24, 2012 at 2:38 PM
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mommythree0508
by Corinne on Sep. 25, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Thanks
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Rushn311
by Cindy on Sep. 25, 2012 at 12:58 AM

interesting!

copperswifey
by Bronze Member on Sep. 26, 2012 at 6:28 PM

It's amazing what all these woman did in their time period when woman didn't have any rights. :)

meglennox
by on Sep. 28, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Thank you :)
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MamaMandee
by Mandee on Sep. 29, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Agreed!!

Quoting copperswifey:

It's amazing what all these woman did in their time period when woman didn't have any rights. :)


kellynh
by on Oct. 1, 2012 at 10:19 AM
Quoting copperswifey:

It's amazing what all these woman did in their time period when woman didn't have any rights. :)




Ditto

KaylaMillar
by on Oct. 1, 2012 at 10:29 AM
Interesting! Tfs
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Madelaine
by Bronze Member on Oct. 1, 2012 at 12:56 PM

tfs

Mrs.Andrews
by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Never heard of her.

lalasmama2007
by on Oct. 7, 2012 at 9:18 PM
TFS!
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