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Karl König Archive Series


An Imaginative Zoology

June 2013
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    17th June 2013
  • ISBN 9780863159664
  • Language English
  • Pages 256 pp.
  • Size 5.5" x 8.5"

Karl König, founder of the Camphill movement, had great compassion and empathy for people on the margins of society. Equally, he felt the same brotherly feelings towards the animal world. This remarkable book offers a closer understanding of some specific mammals, fish and birds and, along the way, great insight into human nature as well.

A combination of three previous editions, König considers the mythological and historical background, and unique characteristics, of elephants, bears, horses, cats and dogs; penguins, seals, dolphins, salmon and eels; and swans and stork, sparrows and doves. Together, the lively sketches form a visionary zoology.

“I'm sure you will realize how important this book is.... It really is an example of how we can begin to overcome the chains of Darwinism by forming our heart to be a new ‘Noah's Ark’!”

Camphill Correspondence

“For anyone who wearies of the ever-present and wholly inadequate Darwinian explanations, these essays will come as a breath of fresh air.”

New View

C O N T E N T S:

The Bear Tribe and Its Myth
Cats and Dogs -- Companions of Man
Brother Horse
The Origin of Seals
The Life of Penguins
The Migrations of Salmon and Eels
Dolphins -- Children of the Sea
Swans and Storks
The Dove as a Sacred Bird
The Sparrows of the Earth

Karl König

Karl König (1902–1966) was born in Vienna, in Austria-Hungary, the only son of a Jewish shoemaker. He studied medicine at the University of Vienna and graduated in 1927, with a special interest in embryology. After graduating, he was invited by Ita Wegman to work in her Klinisch-Therapeutisches Institut, a clinic in Arlesheim, Switzerland for people with special needs. He married Mathilde Maasberg in 1929. Dr. König was appointed paediatrician at the Rudolf Steiner-inspired Schloß Pilgrimshain institute in Strzegom, where he worked until 1936, when he returned to Vienna and established a successful medical practice. Owing to Hitler's invasion of Austria, he was forced to flee Vienna to Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1938. Dr. König was interned briefly at the beginning of World War II, but on his release in 1940 he set up the first Camphill Community for Children in Need of Special Care at Camphill on the outskirts of Aberdeen. From the mid-1950s, König began more communities, including one in North Yorkshire, the first to care for those beyond school age with special needs. In 1964, König moved to Brachenreuthe near Überlingen on Lake Constance, Germany, where he set up another community, where he died in 1966.