About Alma Maria Schindler Mahler.
ABOUT ALMA MARIA SCHINDLER MAHLER
Alma Maria Schindler, wife of Mahler, Gropius, and
Werfel, lover of Kokoschka, Klimt, and the Jewish
composer Zemlinsky, admirer of theater director Max
Burckhard who gave her lessons in antisemitism--
in your bloated bosom lay the fetus of German culture sown
by Christians and Jews, antisemites and converts, whose
nurturing rain produced symphonies and soaring structures,
plays and pictures, novels flowing from your flesh.
Alma Mahler Gropius Werfel, you gave up your burgeoning
musical career in favor of your husband Gustav's titanic
symphonies in Vienna and New York, secretly subverting
your marriage in Gropius's bed. Twenty-two years after
Gustav Mahler's death, you lived to see the rise of Hitler
who banned the music of Felix Mendelssohn and Mahler,
Christians by conversion, but Jews to be obliterated
from the earth culturally and, soon enough, physically.
He would have murdered your half-Jewish children fathered by
Mahler and Werfel, had they lived long enough to die in the camps.
Marriage to the Jewish poet and novelist, Franz Werfel,
forced you to flee to France from Nazi pursuers. Before
rejoining your husband, you contacted Nazi officials to ask
if you would be safe in Vienna if you divorced the Jew Werfel.
No one knows the answer. You led emigres by foot across the
rugged Pyranees into Spain, your weary husband struggling behind;
then by plane to Portugal, and finally by ship to safety in
You were luckier than the Jewish refugees aboard the St. Louis who
denied entry. Your fame as the femme fatale of culture was your
Did you ever regret Mahler's flight from Judaism and your aborted
from Werfel? Perhaps your merciless flight from death in Auschwitz
punishment enough. Flight for flight. A story you never set to
music. Your songs!
Long long ago, Mahler finally helped you to publish them, to