Alma Karlin

Born in Slovenia, but raised as a German, Alma Karlin (12 October 1889 – 15 January 1950) was a world traveler, writer, poet, collector, polyglot and theosophist. Following the Nazi occupation of Slovenia during World War Two, Alma joined the partisan guerrilla movement and was imprisoned in Celje in 1941.

Alma and her Erika typewriter. Image from Wikimedia. Adolf Perissich [Public domain]

After the war, Alma’s property was confiscated by the Communist Yugoslav regime. She fell into poverty and died of cancer in 1950.

Image above from the Digitised cultural heritage of Slovenian regions

A full-size wax doll of Alma on display at the Kvartirnaya house in Gosposka Ulica 3, Celje, Slovenia.

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Alma Karlin’s Erika typewriter. Image above from: