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Bertha Von Suttner
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    (June 9, 1843-June 21, 1914)
    Born in Prague, Czech Republic
    Birth name was Bertha Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau
    Author and anti-war activist
    Wrote the novel 'Die Waffen nieder!' ('Lay Down Your Arms,' 1889)
    President of the Austrian Peace Society
    Won the Nobel Peace Prize (1905)
    She was a countess by birth, a baroness by marriage.
    She was governess to the von Suttner family and later eloped with the youngest son, Arthur.
    Her Nobel Prize may have been awarded more for her relationship with Alfred Nobel (she had been his secretary before her marriage and corresponded with him for the rest of his life) than her accomplishments.
    She was fluent in German, English, French and Italian.
    In a Berlin newspaper poll, she was declared one of the five most famous women in Europe (1903).
    Her correspondence with Nobel may have convinced him to establish a prize for peace.
    She was the first female winner of a Nobel Prize in any category.
    Leo Tolstoy compared the impact of ‘Die Waffen nieder’ on the peace movement with the influence of ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ on the anti-slavery movement.

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