Muriel's War by Sheila Isenberg
An American Heiress in the Nazi Resistance

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An American heiress turned resistance hero, Muriel Gardiner was an electrifying woman who impressed everyone she met with her beauty, intelligence, and powerful personality. Her adventurous life led her from Chicago’s high society to a Viennese medical school, from Sigmund Freud’s inner circle to the Austrian underground. Over the years, she saved countless Jews and anti-fascists, providing shelter and documents ensuring their escape. This remarkable woman’s life as a legend of the Austrian Resistance was captured in the movie Julia with Vanessa Redgrave and remains an inspiration to all those who believe that one individual can change the world. Gardiner’s astonishing story is told here for the first time in all its variety and unanticipated twists and turns.


About Sheila Isenberg

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Sheila Isenberg teaches at Marist College. She is the author of Women Who Love Men Who Kill, and she coauthored My Life as a Radical Lawyer with William M. Kunstler. She lives in upstate New York with her husband.
Published December 7, 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade. 257 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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A Hero of Our Own: The Story of Varian Fry, 2001, etc.) explores Gardiner’s life and admirable sacrifices, but the narrative lacks the emotional depth readers may expect from such riveting raw material.

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Making up the bulk of the book, Gardiner's wartime experience details the numerous people that she helped flee from the Nazis, Isenberg also details the very real danger that Gardiner was in, not only as a member of the Austrian underground but also because she had a Jewish grandfather, making h...

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-- America in World War II magazine Muriel's War: An American Heiress in the Nazi Resistance Sheila Isenberg's latest book, Muriel's War, a biography of...

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“Terrible times can elicit extraordinary deeds even from ordinary people, and Muriel Gardner was anything but ordinary … If some portion of Gardiner’s story sounds familiar, it’s because Lillian Hellman … hijacked it for her allegedly autobiographical account of the woman she called ‘Julia’ … [Mu...

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