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THE BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF PARAPSYCHOLOGY

GERDA WALTHER

Psychic researcher, author, lecturer. B. March 18, 1897, Nordrach-Colonie, Baden, Germany. Ph.D. (summa cum laude), 1921, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany. Member Schutzverband Deutscher Schriftsteller.

Beginning in the 1920's, Miss Walther has been an active investigator of the phenomenology, philosophy and psychology of telepathy, clairvoyance, mediumship and survival. Her lectures and researches on these subjects have taken her to the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria and Switzerland. In 1928, Miss Walther became scientific secretary to Dr. Albert von Schrenck-Notzing (q.v.), physician and pioneer German parapsychologist, assisting him in his investigation of the physical mediums Willi and Rudi Schneider (qq.v.) and others.

She is the author of Zur Phänomenologie der Mystik (1923; revised edition, 1955), and editor of Schrenck-Notzing's posthumously published books Gesammelte Aufsätze zur Parapsychologie (1929; revised edition, Grundfragen der Parapsychologie, 1962); Die Entwicklung des Okkultismus zur Wissenschaftlichen Parapsychologie in Deutschland (1932); Die Phänomene des Mediums Rudi Schneider (1933). In 1941 her researches in parapsychology brought her into conflict with the Hilter regime, and she was jailed briefly.

Miss Walther's numerous articles on various aspects of psi phenomena have appeared in Zeitschrift für Parapsychologie, Zeitschrift für Metapsychische Forschung, Neue Wissenshaft, the Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, Psychic Science and Tomorrow magazine. Her autobiography, Zum anderen Ufer, was published in 1960. Residence: Frauenplatz 14, Munich 2, Bavaria, West Germany.


Taken from Helene Pleasants (1964) Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology with Directory and Glossary 1946-1996 NY: Garrett Publications


 
 

 

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