In 1858, the then 17-year-old Anna Stainer-Knittel took high up in the mountains, hanging on a rope an eagle's nest, after the men of the place had refused. She took the eagle boy down to the valley with her backpack and was henceforth known only as Vulture Wally. The crime spread all the way to Munich and the author Wilhelmine von Hillern then wrote the novel 'Geierwally', which was retold countless times as a play and as a film.
But Anna Stainer-Knittel also distinguished herself later as a courageous and emancipated woman. In a male-dominated time, she studied art in Vienna for a while and later became a portrait and landscape painter.
March 1, 2018
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