Emilie and Subhas

A True Love Story

Book Description

• Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was an Indian nationalist whose defiant patriotism made him a hero in India
• This book sheds light on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's relationship with his wife, Emilie Schenkl,

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's relationship with his wife, Emilie Schenkl, is one of the least-known aspects of the leader's life. They met in Vienna in June 1934, secretly married in December 1937 in Badgastein, in Austria's Salzburg province, and saw each other for the last time in Berlin in February 1943, two months after the birth of their daughter Anita in Vienna. From 1934 onwards, Subhas and Emilie corresponded continuously through letters whenever they were physically separated. Born in 1910 into a middle-class Austrian family of Vienna, Emilie Schenkl nurtured her husband's memory and cultivated a deep attachment from afar to India all her life, until her death in 1996. She brought up their daughter on her own, working to support herself and Anita. Fiercely self-reliant and very private, Emilie lived a life of great dignity and quiet courage. She first met Netaji's nephew Sisir Kumar Bose in Vienna in the late 1940s, she also formed a close friendship with his wife Krishna. Krishna knew Emilie from 1959 until Emilie's death in 1996. This book, illustrated with forty-eight photographs from archives and family albums, is a unique record of Emilie's life of fortitude and the love story of Emilie and Subhas.

About Bose, Krishna

Krishna Bose (nee Chaudhuri) is an educator, writer and politician. A college professor of English in Calcutta from 1955 to 1995, she was elected. Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) three times starting in 1996. From 1999 to 2004 she chaired the parliamentary standing committee on external affairs. Krishna's prolific writings include several original books on Netaji.