Deborah Holmes publishes on Eugenie Schwarzwald
4 October 2012
Dr Deborah Holmes, Head of the Department of German, has recently published a new book on the education reformer and social activist Eugenie Schwarzwald.
Entitled Langeweile ist Gift [Boredom is Poison], the book was published by Residenz Verlag in 2012. Deborah was interviewed on Austrian state radio on 4 October 2012. To listen to the interview click here.
Eugenie Schwarzwald (1872-1940) has become an icon in the German-speaking world; her name became in its time a label. Her creation of ‘Black Forest’ schools in Vienna of the turn of the century promoted a curriculum of creativity and imagination, and an ethos of non-violence.
In these secondary schools, girls were given the opportunity to graduate with practical skills and gain modern languages. In her kindergarten and elementary schools, there was even a novelty – coeducation.
Until forced to emigrate in 1928, her home was a kind of salon: a meeting place for writers and intellectuals of the Viennese turn-of-the-century.
For more information about the book, please see the publisher’s webpage here: