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Karl König: My Task

Autobiography and Biographies

Karl König Introduction by Peter Selg

112 pp.  

Floris Books




This is the story of a remarkable life, told in König’s own words. Born in 1902, Karl König grew up in Vienna. He studied medicine, and during that time encountered the work of Rudolf Steiner. Soon after graduating, König worked with Ita Wegman in Switzerland, where he met his wife Tilla.

In Germany, Karl König founded Pilgrimshain, a home for children with special needs. However, following the annexation of Austria by the Nazis, he and many young people around him moved to Great Britain as refugees. In 1939, the ideal of working together as a community was put into practice with the founding of Camphill. König became the driving force that led to the expansion of the Camphill movement throughout the British Isles, into Europe, South Africa, and North America. He died in 1966.

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