Eternal Childhood

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Eternal Childhood

“Each child longs to experience the awe and wonder that can still be cultivated by most adults if they would only take time and interest to redirect their consciousness . . .” -from the foreword

Karl König presents a viable basis for the recognition of childhood, and traces its expression in detailed pictures of the phases for both mother and child: conception, birth at 9 months, ability to name objects at 18 months, ability to reason comparatively at 27 months and the ability to say ‘I’ at 36 months. Practical advice is interwoven with history, science, religion and anthroposophy.

This book can only encourage the worthy task of being a parent, teacher, or truly caring person who deep within his or her soul longs to approach the pure essence of eternal childhood.

About the Author

Karl König (1902–1966) was born in Vienna, in Austria-Hungary, the only son of a Jewish shoemaker. He studied medicine at the University of Vienna and graduated in 1927, with a special interest in embryology. After graduating, he was invited by Ita Wegman to work in her Klinisch-Therapeutisches Institute, a clinic in Arlesheim, Switzerland for people with special needs. He married Mathilde Maasberg in 1929. Dr. König was appointed pediatrician at the Rudolf Steiner-inspired Schloß Pilgrimshain institute in Strzegom, where he worked until 1936, when he returned to Vienna and established a successful medical practice. Owing to Hitler’s invasion of Austria, he was forced to flee Vienna to Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1938. Dr. König was interned briefly at the beginning of World War II, but on his release in 1940 he set up the first Camphill Community for Children in Need of Special Care at Camphill on the outskirts of Aberdeen. From the mid-1950s, König began more communities, including one in North Yorkshire, the first to care for those beyond school age with special needs. In 1964, König moved to Brachenreuthe near Überlingen on Lake Constance, Germany, where he set up another community, where he died in 1966.

Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 5.5 × 0.5 × 8.5 in




October 1995






Rudolf Steiner Press

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    The book was difficult to find elsewhere and arrived quickly. Feels great to support The Steiner Bookstore.

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