Who Was Ita Wegman? (Vol.3)

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Who Was Ita Wegman? (Vol.3) Struggles and Conflicts (1924 – 1935)

Rudolf Steiner and anthroposophy are known and active around the world and finding increasing recognition. This has led to a growing interest in the history of the anthroposophic movement and the lives of anthroposophic pioneers, one of which was Ita Wegman. The four volumes of the most complete biography chart the life of Ita Wegman and offers fresh insight into both Dr. Wegman and her teacher, coworker, and dear friend Rudolf Steiner. These books, as well as their extensive notes and appendices, enable readers to delve imaginatively into the lives of these remarkable individuals who brought anthroposophic medicine into existence.

This volume of Ita Wegman’s biography focuses upon the reasons for her exclusion from the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophic Society in 1935 as well as her being relieved from the leadership of the Medical Section. In certain circles within the anthroposophic movement, there developed an opposition to Ita Wegman that led to her exclusion from the Society. Here, J. E. Zeylmans van Emmichoven helps us to understand the complex relationships and incisive events that occurred during this time.

About the Author

Johannes Emmanuel Zeylmans von Emmichoven (1926–2008) was born in The Hague. Through his family’s home in Johannes Schevening, where his father ran a clinic, he came into close contact with Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy as a child. In 1951, he launched the Castrum Peregrini (Amsterdam) magazine, which continues today. Years of work as a bookseller, editor, and publisher followed. In 1966, he was ordained a priest in The Christian community. He settled in Germany late in life. At the age of 75, he “discovered” Hungary through Hungarian translations of his works. He first visited Hungary in 2001 and returned three more times. He was became ill at Pentecost in 2003, in Budapest, where he continued to work on the fourth volume on Ita Wegman’s life until his death.

Matthew Barton is a translator, editor, teacher, and poet, and taught kindergarten for many years at the Bristol Waldorf School. His first collection of poems was Learning To Row (1999). He has won numerous prizes for his work, including an Arts Council Writer’s Award and a Hawthornden Fellowship.

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Weight 31 oz
Dimensions 6 × 1.2 × 8.5 in



Matthew Barton




June 2005






Mercury Press


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