Timeline - Walburga von Raffler-Engel


Walburga Engel was born in Munich, Germany.


Her maternal grandmother sent her grandfather to visit. He was semi-paralyzed and needed to use a wheelchair but when taking him out the youngsters in the neighborhood made fun of him. Walburga talked back to them, making up her mind that she would attempt to fight injustice as she could.


Walburga’s mother remarried. (Her parents had divorced.)


Walburga’s mother moved to Italy with her children and her new husband. This is where Walburga was raised. The reason for her marriage was fear for what would happen in Germany with Hitler in power.


Walburga’s father (biological) died of natural causes in Berlin, Germany.


Walburga’s maternal grandfather died in Berlin, Germany.


Walburga joined the partisans in Northern Italy, traveling with hidden messages underneath her tongue in order to swallow it in a moment’s notice. She also carried and delivered weapons. Her step-father, mother, and sisters went to Switzerland. By the end of the year, Walburga left for Switzerland and worked with a group of Italian partisans there, coding radio messages for an espionage organization.


September 2: The war ended; however, Walburga continued to participate in resistance activities.


Walburga came to the United States in 1949. She moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1965, where Dr. von Raffler-Engel, PhD. established a linguistics program at Vanderbilt University.

Walburga’s step-father died in Biel, Switzerland.


November 28: Walburga von Raffler-Engel passed away in San Antonio, Texas at the age of 89. (Obituary: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sanantonio/obituary.aspx?pid=136768640)