Dr. Katharina (Käthe) von Künssberg (Kuenssberg, Künßberg)

Title: Dr.
Prename: Katharina (Käthe) von
Surname: Künssberg (Kuenssberg, Künßberg)
Profession: Zoologist
Birthday: 05/05/1883
Place of birth: Cottbus
Date of death: 10/27/1978
Place of death: Heidelberg
Married since: 1910
Married to: Eberhard Freiherr von Kuenssberg
Profession husband: legal historian
Children: 5
Education: 1902 final high school examinations (*Abitur*) in Breslau (Wroclaw); university studies (zoology, botany, geology and philosophy); 1908 doctorate
Career: 1909 private assistant, Munich University; 1910 assistant, Institute of Infectious Diseases, Berlin; resigns after her marriage and moves to Heidelberg; 1933 threatened by Nazi antisemitism, children emigrate to Britain;1942, after husband’s death, goes into hiding to escape impending deportation; 1946 failed attempt to join her children in Britain; 1947 returns to Heidelberg and works on social and educational issues; 1961 creates the Eberhard Freiherr von Künßberg Foundation in memory of her husband
Memberships: 1947 founding member of the federation of women’s organizations Deutscher Frauenring; founder and president, Heidelberg chapter of the German Federation of University Women (DAB); German-American Women’s Club
Biographical literature: *Vom langsamen Aufstieg der Frau. Dr. Katharina Freifrau von Kuenssberg erzählt aus ihrem Leben*, ed. Katharina Holger (Heidelberg: DAB, 1973); René Schorsch, *Eberhard Georg Otto Freiherr von Künßberg (1881-1941): Vom Wirken eines Rechtshistorikers* (Frankfurt/Main: Lang, 2010), 68-70, 76, 105-109, 141-144, 157-159, 177-189, 202-205