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<B>Adam Bittleston: His Life, Work and Thought </B><I> </I>, GIBSON, KENNETH
1 Adam Bittleston: His Life, Work and Thought
GIBSON, KENNETH
0863157823 / 9780863157820 Paperback 
Adam Bittleston (1911-89) was an ordained priest of The Christian Community, a movement for religious renewal founded in 1922 with the help of the philosopher and founder of anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner. This book is the first biography of a fascinating and influential individual.

From his student days in Oxford Bittleston was a close friend of William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies, and this book draws on Golding's unpublished journal. Bittleton was also very gifted with the written word, as well as being a much sought after spiritual counsellor. His wife, Gisela, once wrote that his 'main interest was to help people sort out their destiny.' His knowledge of Shakespeare was equal to that of any academic or writer of his time and most of his books and articles draw deeply on Shakespeare's work.He was also recognized as one of the foremost theologians of the Christian Community in Britain.

He was able to translate spiritual ideas into modern life and in keeping with modern times, and was the author of several books, including and Meditative Prayers for Today (1953), The Spirit of the Circling Stars (1975), Our Spiritual Companions (1983), The Seven Planets (1985), Loneliness (1987) and Counselling and Spiritual Development (1988).
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<B>And There Was Light </B><I> The Autobiography of a Blind Hero in the French Resistance</I>, LUSSEYRAN, JACQUES,  CAMERON, ELIZABETH R.
2 And There Was Light The Autobiography of a Blind Hero in the French Resistance
LUSSEYRAN, JACQUES, CAMERON, ELIZABETH R.
0863155073 / 9780863155079 1985 2 Paperback 
'Light is in us even if we have no eyes.' It is a rare man who can maintain a love of life through the infirmity of blindness, the terrors of war, and the horrors of a Nazi concentration camp. Such a man was Jacques Lusseyran, a French underground resistance leader during the Second World War. This book is his compelling and moving autobiography. Jacques Lusseyran lost his sight in an accident when he was eight years old. At the age of sixteen, he formed a resistance group with his schoolfriends in Nazi-occupied France. Gradually the small resistance circle of boys widened, cell by cell. In a fascinating scene, the author tells of interviewing prospective underground recruits, 'seeing' them by means of their voices, and in this way weeding out early the weak and the traitorous. Eventually Jacques and his comrades were betrayed to the Germans and interrogated by the Gestapo. After a fifteen month incarceration in Buchenwald, the author was one of thirty to survive from an initial shipment of two thousand.
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<B>At the Threshold of the Modern Age </B><I> Biographies Around the Year 1861</I>, KONIG, KARL,  BLAXLAND-DE LANGE, SIMON
3 At the Threshold of the Modern Age Biographies Around the Year 1861
KONIG, KARL, BLAXLAND-DE LANGE, SIMON
0863158455 / 9780863158452 2011 Paperback 
The late nineteenth-century was an era of contrasts. On the one hand, philosophical materialism was increasing its influence over science. On the other, there was a growing social awareness and quest for spiritual values. Karl Konig explores the personal stories of twenty-nine pioneers whose work and experiences helped shape that era. They include artists and writers, social reformers, philosophers and political activists, and scientists. He considers how they responded as individuals to the challenges of the changing world around them. His insights and conclusions are relevant for us today, as we face our own time of change and upheaval. The biographies include Helen Keller (1880-1968), Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Lou Salome (1861-1937), Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), Charles Darwin (1809-1882) and Adolf von Hildebrand (1847-1921).
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<B>Camphill Villages </B><I> </I>, WEIHS, ANKE AND TALLO, JOAN
4 Camphill Villages
WEIHS, ANKE AND TALLO, JOAN


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<B>Death of Merlin, The </B><I> Arthurian Myth and Alchemy</I>, STEIN, WALTER JOHANNES
5 Death of Merlin, The Arthurian Myth and Alchemy
STEIN, WALTER JOHANNES
086315641X / 9780863156410 Paperback 
The Death of Merlin collects Stein’s essays and lectures from the 1920s and 1930s. The first section contains Stein’s memoirs, which provide context for his research within the culture of the era.
The story of King Arthur and the Grail still holds a remarkable fascination for many people. In this classic work, Walter Johannes Stein traces its origins in early Christianity and classical and Nordic mythology, and follows its development in medieval and modern times. In particular, Stein explores the parallels between the quest for the Grail and the medieval alchemists search for the Philosopher’s Stone.
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<B>Elisabeth Vreede </B><I> Adversity, Resilience, and Spiritual Science</I>, SELG, PETER
6 Elisabeth Vreede Adversity, Resilience, and Spiritual Science
SELG, PETER
1621482006 / 9781621482000 
Rudolf Steiner entrusted the Esoteric Section and the Mathematics and Astronomy Section at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, to Elisabeth Vreede (1879-1943) because of her special abilities. He commented, “Miss. Vreede is one of the people who best understand my lectures.” Elisabeth Vreede was recognized as the “esoterically educated” member of Steiner’s governing body.

Nevertheless, in 1935 she was stripped of all her positions at the Goetheanum in Dornach and prevented from resuming them. Lili Kolisko wrote of her, “Dr. Elisabeth Vreede was a member of the Executive Council whose opinion was considered of very little or—one could almost say—no importance.” Herbert Hahn wrote to Elisabeth Vreede, “I feel we must thank your loyal custodial task and your unfailing enthusiasm for all of Anthroposophy for much, much more than we can grasp at this time.”

This book—employing numerous, previously unpublished documents dealing with tragic misunderstandings in the anthroposophical movement—offers testimony to the greatness of this singular individual.

Originally published in German as Elisabeth Vreede: 1879–1943 (Verlag des Ita Wegman Instituts, 2009).
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<B>Footprints of an Angel </B><I> With Scenes from a Joint Autobiography</I>, FINSER, SIEGFRIED E
7 Footprints of an Angel With Scenes from a Joint Autobiography
FINSER, SIEGFRIED E
1584201231 / 9781584201236 2012 Paperback / softback 
“The angel does not deal with space, only time. Time is as far down from duration as an angel can penetrate. Therefore, the footprints of all angels resemble bookmarks and can be found in every single biography and in the cumulative story of humankind, the multitude of human biographies we know as history.” —Siegfried Finser

Footprints of an Angel is the story of a man in search of his angel. His search begins with various events in his life that he finds difficult to explain. The fact that they happened is incontrovertible, but how did they happen? On close inspection, the most obvious causes are indefensible. Again and again, he discovers that major turning points in his life were not well thought out or carefully planned. Indeed, they seemed to happen largely by accident, the results of coincidence or even a series of miracles.

The author uncovered a startling number of such “accidents.” They seemed to occur in a meaningful sequence, too purposeful to ignore. Following this story, the reader witnesses how the evidence grows and offers increasing conviction that an angel is functioning and acting in his life, revealing a relationship between angels and human life on Earth. The author offers each piece of information taken from direct inquiry into his life story—“footprints” that reveal the presence of an angel.

Footprints of an Angel will encourage readers to look with fresh eyes at their own lives—not superficially, but with special attention to turning points and the intricate details leading to actual events. People often say, “The devil is in the details.” This book shows that the angel is also present in the details of our lives.
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<B>From Gurs to Auschwitz </B><I> </I>, SELG, PETER BARTON,MATTHEW, TRANS
8 From Gurs to Auschwitz
SELG, PETER BARTON,MATTHEW, TRANS
1621480429 / 9781621480426 2013 
Maria Krehbiel-Darmstädter (1892–1943), who was killed at Auschwitz, was a highly gifted pupil of Rudolf Steiner and a member of The Christian Community. Born into a Jewish family in Mannheim, she was deported to Gurs camp in the Pyrénées on October 22, 1940, where she survived harsh conditions and helped many of her fellow inmates. Following temporary sick-leave (under police supervision) in Limonest near Lyon, and a failed attempt to flee to Switzerland, she was brought to Drancy transit camp near Paris before being taken to Auschwitz.

This book offers unique testimony of an individual rooted in esoteric Christianity and Spiritual Science who found sources of inner resistance during one of history’s darkest periods. As the portrait of a highly ethical and sorely tried woman amid catastrophic conditions, it describes her existential efforts to summon powers of concentration, meditation, and dedication to others, showing how these continued to inform her outlook and actions to the very end.

Polish Jews in Drancy referred to Maria Krehbiel-Darmstädter as Mère Maria. They experienced her distinctive spirituality and personal qualities and a profound religiosity that retained an inner connection with the Christian sacramental world, even in the most desolate circumstances.

From Gurs to Auschwitz adds an important voice to literature on the Holocaust and shines a light on the nature of spiritual, inner resistance during the dark years of World War II in Europe.
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9 Golgonooza City of Imagination Last Studies in William Blake
RAINE, KATHLEEN
0940262428 / 9780940262423 Paperback 

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<B>Green Snake, The </B><I> An Autobiography</I>, WOLOSCHIN, MARGARITA,  STEBBING, PETER
10 Green Snake, The An Autobiography
WOLOSCHIN, MARGARITA, STEBBING, PETER
0863157610 / 9780863157615 2010 Paperback 
10 colour illustrations
Told from the perspective of the anthroposophical artist, Margarita Woloschin, this is a first-hand account of her privileged upbringing in Russia and subsequent life. Her vivid recollections of Moscow and rural Russia at the end of the nineteenth century are related in a lyrical, evocative timbre that echoes throughout the book. It records, in lavish detail, Woloschin's meetings with the Russian intellectual elite, including Tolstoy, the impressions they made upon her, her extensive travels throughout Europe and her marriage to the journalist-poet Max Voloshin. Instrumental in the introduction of anthroposophy into Russia, Woloschin recounts the construction of the original Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, in which she was involved, and its ultimate destruction. The narrative is interspersed with the artist's personal memories and insights of Rudolf Steiner and the struggle for meaning in her own turbulent life. As the First World War spreads through Europe, she details the harsh deprivations of the Russian Revolution and its effects on her family and friends, which stand in brutal contrast to the earlier bucolic aspect of her testimony.
Set against the extremes of tsarist Russia and the Bolshevik Revolution, this haunting, historical memoir is testament to a fascinating and inspirational life.
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<B>Human Life, The </B><I> </I>, O'NEIL, GEORGE AND GISELA, LOWNDES, FLORIN
11 Human Life, The
O'NEIL, GEORGE AND GISELA, LOWNDES, FLORIN
092997901X / 9780929979014 Softbound 
This long awaited contribution to biography work explores the various chapters of a human lifetime in the context of an anthroposophical world view. Cosmic evolution, destiny, and karma are discussed as they relate to one’s life and to the lives of others. The Human Life is a helpful guide to have as one travels the path of self-knowledge and tries to understand the encounters one meets — and possibly gets tripped up by — along the way. The enclosed life-chart lets one see aspects of the physical, life, soul, and ego — as well as the patterns — that show themselves in this incarnation. The Human Life has previously been described as being an accessible introduction to anthroposophy. (329pp, plus a removable Life-Chart poster)
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<B>In the Image of Orpheus </B><I> Rilke: A Soul History</I>, POLIKOFF, DANIEL JOSEPH
12 In the Image of Orpheus Rilke: A Soul History
POLIKOFF, DANIEL JOSEPH
188860252X / 9781888602524 2011 Paperback / softback 
In the Image of Orpheus tells the inner story of Rilke's literary career, tracing—step by step—the mythopoetic journey inscribed in the interweaving lines of the poet's life and art. Blending biography with in-depth analyses of Rilke's poetry and prose (from his little-known Visions of Christ through the Sonnets to Orpheus), the lively narrative draws upon Hillman and Jung, Plato and Petrarch, Apuleius, Ibn Arabi and Lou Andreas-Salomé as it unfolds the poet-seer’s vision of the nature and destiny of the human soul—a vision as timely as it is timeless.
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<B>Ita Wegman and Karl Konig </B><I> Letters and Documents</I>, SELG, PETER AND KONIG, KARL AND WEGMAN, ITA
13 Ita Wegman and Karl Konig Letters and Documents
SELG, PETER AND KONIG, KARL AND WEGMAN, ITA
0863156614 / 9780863156618 Paperback 
Ita Wegman, born in 1876 to a Dutch family living in Indonesia, first met Rudolf Steiner in Berlin in 1902 when she was 26 years old. She studied medicine at the University of Zurich and in 1917, following Steiner's indications, developed a treatment for cancer using mistletoe. In 1921 she founded the first anthroposophical medical clinic, in Arlesheim, Switzerland, followed in 1922 by the Sonnenhof home for children with special needs.
Karl König first met Wegman in 1927, and she quickly recognized his great potential, as well as his weaknesses. She invited him to work at the Arlesheim clinic as her assistant, and encouraged and advised him in his medical work.
This book includes the complete correspondence between König and Wegman.
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<B>Karl Konig: My Task </B><I> Autobiography and Biography</I>, KONIG, KARL,  SELG, PETER
14 Karl Konig: My Task Autobiography and Biography
KONIG, KARL, SELG, PETER
0863156282 / 9780863156281 2008 Paperback 
31 b/w illustrations
Born in 1902 into a Jewish family, Karl Konig grew up in Vienna in the last years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He studied medicine and during this time came across the work of Rudolf Steiner. Soon after graduating he worked with Ita Wegman in Switzerland, where he also met his wife, Tilla. He was a pioneer in the early days of Pilgramshain, a home for children with special needs in Silesia, Germany. However, in 1936 under political pressure he left Germany for Austria. Here he had a large medical practice as well as being the focus of a group of young people interested in Steiner's work. Following the annexation of Austria by the Nazis, Konig and many of the young people around him came to Britain as refugees. The ideal of working together as a community was put into practice with the founding of Camphill in 1939. Konig was the driving force behind the expansion of the Camphill movement across the British Isles, into Europe, South Africa and North America. He died in 1966.
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<B>Karl Konig`s Path to Anthroposophy </B><I> Reflections from His Diaries</I>, SELG, PETER,  KONIG, KARL
15 Karl Konig`s Path to Anthroposophy Reflections from His Diaries
SELG, PETER, KONIG, KARL
0863156290 / 9780863156298 2008 Paperback 
8 b/w illustrations
This book follows Karl Konig's spiritual journey from his early years to the end of his life. Through the words of his diaries, in which his battles with health and his impatient temperament are recorded with merciless honesty, we can follow his inner path that led to profound insights into the nature of children with special needs. His personal wrestlings and innate spirituality laid the foundation for his work in the Camphill Schools and Villages. This book includes facsimile reproductions of some of Konig's original diary pages. About the Karl Konig Archive: Karl Konig, the founder of Camphill, was a prolific lecturer and writer on a wide range of subjects from anthroposophy and Christology through social questions and curative education to science and history. The Karl Konig Archive are working on a programme of publishing these works over the coming years.
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<B>Kaspar Hauser </B><I> The Holy Fool and the Path of Sacrifice</I>, STEUCK, JOHANNES
16 Kaspar Hauser The Holy Fool and the Path of Sacrifice
STEUCK, JOHANNES
0954287312 / 9780954287313 2006 Hardback 
48 full colour paintings with coloured drop caps & friezes with the text
This inspired collection of over forty original paintings by Greg Tricker portrays the extraordinary life of Kaspar Hauser. The paintings have a visionary quality which presents a fresh, contemporary image of Kaspar Hauser, portrayed as the Holy Fool, on a path of sacrifice akin to the suffering of Christ.

The mysterious life of Kaspar Hauser is explored by the writer and artist Johannes Steuck with a foreword by Jonathan Stedall.

"Not since the paintings of Cecil Collins have I seen work that captures so poignantly the essential purity and innocence of the human being. The Holy Fool is, thank heaven, alive and well in the hands of Greg Tricker." Jonathan Stedall.
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<B>Kaspar Hauser and Karl Konig </B><I> </I>, KONIG, KARL,  BLAXLAND-DE LANGE, SIMON,  STEEL, RICHARD,  SELG, PETER
17 Kaspar Hauser and Karl Konig
KONIG, KARL, BLAXLAND-DE LANGE, SIMON, STEEL, RICHARD, SELG, PETER
086315879X / 9780863158797 2012 Paperback 
10 b/w illustrations
Kaspar Hauser was a young man who appeared on the streets of Nuremberg in Germany in the early nineteenth century. His innocence and mysterious background captured the hearts of many at the time. 2012 marks the 200th anniversary of Kaspar Hauser's birth. This timely book draws together Karl Konig's thoughts on the enigma of Kaspar Hauser, as well as exploring Konig's deep connection to the young man. The book includes Konig's essay 'The Story of Kaspar Hauser', as well as essays from Peter Selg on 'Konig, Wegman and Kaspar Hauser' and Richard Steel on how Konig spoke of Kaspar Hauser in his diaries, notes and letters.
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<B>Last Three Years, The </B><I> Ita Wegman in Ascona 1940-1943</I>, SELG, PETER
18 Last Three Years, The Ita Wegman in Ascona 1940-1943
SELG, PETER
1621480518 / 9781621480518 
“As for me, I will claim for myself the freedom always to be in the place that I feel I need to be in my inmost feelings.”

—Ita Wegman, August 26, 1940

Ita Wegman spent the last three years of her life in Tessin, in the Casa Andrea Cristoforo. In this secluded province, largely protected from the destructive events of those years and imbued with certain forces, she developed a great work for the future, gathering, leading, and nurturing people both therapeutically and spiritually, preparing for the war’s end with the full intensity of her being.

Her last three years were a period of devotion to Rudolf Steiner and his work, as well as to esoteric Christianity—to the forces of the Archangel Michael and to Christ for the present and future. She continued to take a great interest in the difficulties of her time and never ceased to participate in events—taking in refugee children and the homeless, keeping up extensive correspondences with others, struggling with aid organizations and various agencies, caring daily for the afflicted and for patients and colleagues. On March 4, 1943, Ita Wegman passed into the spiritual worlds, well prepared and with all of the spiritual intentions of a Christian initiate.
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<B>Lives of Camphill: An Anthology of the Pioneers </B><I> </I>, SURKAMP, JOHANNES
19 Lives of Camphill: An Anthology of the Pioneers
SURKAMP, JOHANNES
086315607X / 9780863156076 Paperback 
The Camphill Movement had its beginnings in 1939, with a small group of young Austrian refugees led by Karl König. This book is a definitive reference to over one hundred of the people who subsequently joined the movement between the 1940s and early 1970s. They helped to make Camphill the large and influential network it is today, working in a unique way with children and adults with special needs.

Gathered together here are 129 short biographies and photographs spanning thirty years. Each tells a fascinating individual story, and together they form a remarkable whole, documenting the history of Camphill in the most appropriate way: through its people.
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<B>Ludwig Polzer-Hoditz </B><I> A European</I>, MEYER, T.H.
20 Ludwig Polzer-Hoditz A European
MEYER, T.H.
1906999643 / 9781906999643 
Finally available in English, Thomas Meyer’s major biography of Ludwig Polzer-Hoditz (1869-1945) offers a panoramic view of an exception
al life. One of Rudolf Steiner’s most valued and independent-minded colleagues, Polzer-Hoditz was born in Prague – in the midst of the Austro-Hungarian Empire – to an aristocratic family with royal connections. Leaving behind the traditions of his background, he was to become a key actor in Steiner’s regenerative ‘threefold’ social impulses, working tirelessly for a genuinely unified and free Europe. Polzer-Hoditz also fought to protect Rudolf Steiner’s esoteric legacy and the integrity of the Anthroposophical Society that had been founded to further his work.

Following Steiner’s untimely death, Polzer-Hoditz fostered a broad range of friendships and alliances with key figures such as D.N. Dunlop, Walter Johannes Stein and Ita Wegman. In a bid to avoid further division and conflict, he made significant interventions to alter the tragic course of events that consumed the Anthroposophical Society, although he was unable to stop the major split within the membership that was to follow. In the final decade of his life he concentrated his energies on world issues, seeking to influence events in Europe in particular, lecturing widely and writing a number of books and memoranda. In contrast to the destructive ‘special interests’ of the national and religious groups that craved dominion and power, Polzer-Hoditz sought to build a true understanding between Central and Eastern Europe and to cultivate a spiritual connection with the West.

Meyer’s book is a pioneering work in biographical literature, structured in four main sections that reflect the stages of an individual’s personal development. In the concluding section he studies world events up to the present day, practising a method referred to as a ‘symptomatological observation of history’, which Polzer-Hoditz himself sought to develop. Much more than a standard biography, Ludwig Polzer-Hoditz presents a vibrantly living picture of how a spiritual individuality can work in human culture and history – in past, present and future.

This first English edition is based on the latest German version and features additional material.

T.H. MEYER was born in Switzerland in 1950. He is the founder and publisher of Perseus Verlag, Basel, and editor of the monthly journal Der Europaer. He is the author of several books including D.N. Dunlop, A Biography; Rudolf Steiner’s Core Mission; The Bodhisattva Question; Clairvoyance and Consciousness and Reality, Truth and Evil, and editor of Light for the New Millennium. He has written numerous articles and gives seminars and lectures around the world.
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