Maria Luise Thurmair

THURMAIR, Maria Luise (née Mumelter). b. Bozen, Süd Tirol, Austria (now Bolzano, Alto Adige, Italy), 27 September 1912; d. Germering, München, 24 October 2005. Her father was District ‘Hauptmann’, or District Superintendent, the last under Austrian rule. When Süd Tirol was ceded to Italy at the end of World War I, the family moved to Innsbruck, where the child Maria Luise went to school at the Ursuline Gymnasium. At the University she studied philosophy, German, history and liturgy, with a doctoral thesis (awarded 1936) on Irene of Byzantium (late 12th - early 13th century). She worked in Vienna until the Anschluss, after which she lost her job; back in Innsbruck she worked as a secretary...

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