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Rühle-Gerstel, Alice

Born in Prague (Austro-Hungarian Empire) on April 4, 1894

Died in Mexico City (Mexico) on June 24, 1943

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Alice Gerstel was the first born of Emil Gerstel (April 8, 1870–July 15, 1919) and Cornelie (Nelly) Strakosch (July 3, 1874–December 9, 1923), members of the German-Jewish minority living in the city of Prague, Bohemia, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The family owned a furniture factory of great international prestige. She attended the bilingual Prague primary school (learning German and Czech). Once she completed the primary education, she continued her studies at the secondary school for girls, where she learned music and French. After completing school, she further decided to pursue her studies at the Deutsche Karl-Ferdinands-Universität [German Karl Ferdinands University]in Prague. Her university studies were unfortunately interrupted by the outbreak of the First World War. During the war she worked in a hospital as a volunteer nurse and afterward also as a governess at the Schönau Palace, the summer residence of the von Habsburg family. At the end of the war, Alice Gerstel left...

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  • Rühle-Gerstel, A. (1941). La nueva actitud ante la vida. Curso de divulgación sustentado en la Universidad de Primavera “Vasco de Quiroga” [The new attitude to life. Course of divulgation supported at the University of Spring “Vasco de Quiroga”]. Morelia: SEP Ediciones encuadernables El Nacional. (Biblioteca del Maestro Vol. V.)

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  • Rühle-Gerstel, A. (1932). Das Frauenproblem der Gegenwart – Eine psychologische Bilanz [The women’s problem today- A psychological balance]. Hirzel.

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  • Rühle-Gerstel, A. (1979). Kein Gedicht für Trotzki. Tagebuchaufzeichnungen aus Mexiko [No poem for Trotsky. Diary entries from Mexico]. Verlag Neue Kritik

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  • Rühle-Gerstel, A. (1985). Der Umbruch oder Hanna und die Freiheit [The upheaval or Hanna and freedom]. Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag.

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  • Hilzinger, S. (1990). Ins leere fallen. Alice Rühle-Gerstels Exilroman. Der Umbruch oder Hanna und die Freiheit [Into the void. Alice Rühle-Gerstel’s novel in exile. The upheaval or Hanna and freedom], Maintal, 10, 43–52.

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  • Jacinto, L. (2014). Desde la otra orilla: Alice Rühle-Gerstel y Otto Rühle. La experiencia del exilio político de izquierda en México 1935–1943” [From the other side: Alice Rühle-Gerstel and Otto Rühle. The experience of leftist political exile in Mexico 1935–1943]. Historia Mexicana, 44(1), 159–242.

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  • Marková, M. (Ed.). (1998). Alice Rühle-Gerstel. Verlassenes Ende. Gedichte [Alice Rühle-Gerstel. Deserted End. Poems]. Innsbruck: Ed. Löwenzahn.

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  • Marková, M. (2007). Auf ins Wunderland! Das Leben der Alice Rühle-Gerstel [Off to Wonderland! The life of Alice Rühle-Gerstel]. Innsbruck: Studien Verlag.

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  • Mikota, J. (2004). Alice Rühle-Gerstel. Ihre Kinderliterarischen Arbeiten im Kontext der Kinder- und Jugendliteratur der Weimarer Republik, des Nationalsozialismus und des Exils [Alice Rühle-Gerstel. Her works for children’s literature in the context of children’s and youth literature of the Weimar Republic, National Socialism and exile]. Peter Lang Europäische Verlag der Wissenschaften.

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  • Rühle, O. (1938). La escuela del trabajo [The school of work]. México: DAPP-SEP

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  • Rühle-Gerstel, A. (1924). Freud und Adler. Elementare Einführung in Psychoanalyse und Individualpsychologie [Freud and Adler. Elementary introduction to psychoanalysis and individual psychology]. Am andern Ufer.

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  • Rühle-Gerstel, A. (1927). Der Weg zum Wir Versuch einer Verbindung von Marxismus und Individualpsychologie [The road to the “us” an attempt to combine Marxism and individual psychology]. Am Andern Ufer.

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  • Rühle-Gerstel, A., & Rühle, O. (1925/26). Das proletarische Kind. Monatsblätter für proletarische Erziehung [The proletarian child. Monthly sheets for proletarian education]. Am andern Ufer.

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Jacinto, L. (2023). Rühle-Gerstel, Alice. In: Jacó-Vilela, A.M., Klappenbach, H., Ardila, R. (eds) The Palgrave Biographical Encyclopedia of Psychology in Latin America. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

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