Muriel Gardiner was an electrifying woman who impressed everyone with her beauty, intelligence, sensuality, and courage. Her adventurous life led her from a Chicago meatpacking dynasty and an early life in high society, to the Austrian resistance during the 1930. From Wellesley College and Oxford University to a role in the Revolutionary Socialists who resisted Hitler's invasion of Austria in 1938. From an interest in psychoanalysis to a lifelong friendship with Anna Freud and her own career as an eminent analyst.
In Vienna, during the years between the two world wars, Muriel Gardiner saved countless Jews and dissidents, smuggling people, papers, and money across borders.
Her remarkable life as a legend of the Austrian resistance was captured in Lillian Hellman's "Julia," starring Vanessa Redgrave in the role of Julia/Muriel. She remains an inspiration to all who believe that one person can change the world and it is told in MURIEL'S WAR for the first time in all its variety and unanticipated twists and turns --- three husbands, many lovers, a career as a psychoanalyst, an author, and a pioneer in the study of adolescents with emotional disorders. Muriel was the creative and financial force behind London's Freud Museum as well as the benefactor of countless people --- WWII refugees, those who fled after the Hungarian Revolution, students who needed funding for college and advanced degrees. Even the Earth had benefitted from her generosity: she bequeathed 600 acres of land and her home to a watershed in Central New Jersey to be maintained as forever wild.
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Women for Women International
Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE)
White Ribbon Alliance