Marie Steiner founded 1908 the «Philosophisch-Theosophischer Verlag» , later «Philosophisch-Anthroposophischer Verlag», which is today known as Verlag am Goetheanum (Goetheanum Publishing Press). The income was destinated exclusively to the edition of Steiner's writings. In many occasions Rudolf Steiner emphasized that without the contribution of Marie Steiner-von Sivers, he could not have achieved so much as he actually did. He had an ilimited confidence on her possibilities to understand correctly his purposes and that she would be able to implement them independently. As he died, 1925, she assumed the inheritance concerning in particular the legal rights of the literary work of Rudolf Steiner, as it had been specified in the will. This fact lead to a long conflict with the General Anthroposophical Society, and as result of this, the board members took distance of her.
1943 Marie Steiner founded the association «Verein zur Verwaltung und Pflege des Nachlasses von Rudolf Steiner» for the administration and care of Rudolf Steiner's legacy, later «Rudolf Steiner Estate Administration», purposely with a small number of loyal members; most of them had worked before in the Rudolf Steiner Archive. Because of the conflicts with the direction of the General Anthroposophical Society, which could not be solved at that time, a circle of friends close to Marie Steiner founded, 1948, the «Anthroposophische Vereinigung in der Schweiz» (Anthroposophical Association in Switzerland) to support the Estate Administration.
Marie Steiner died end of 1948 in Beatenberg.
Marie Steiner 1867 - 1948
Marie von Sivers was born 1867 in Wloclawek (today Poland). She grew up in several places of Eastern Europe and received a multilingual education. Since she was a child, she was fond of arts, and later studied arts, in particular Dramatic Arts. She continued her studies in Paris, St. Petersburg, Dresden and Berlin. She met there the writer and theosophist Edouard Schuré, and it was through him that she came to know the German Theosophical Society and Rudolf Steiner. Soon after the first meeting with Rudolf Steiner in the year 1900, she became one of his closest collaborators at the Theosophical Society and later, since its foundation 1913, at the Anthroposophical Society. She married Rudolf Steiner 1914.
Marie Steiner worked tirelessly for the development of the artistic side of Anthroposophy (study and rehearsal of the Mystery Dramas, Goethe's Faust, etc). It is owed to her a new type of Speech Formation. She also dedicated herself intensively to the development of a new art: Eurythmy. To promote these new arts, she founded the « Eurythmeum » association 1920, today known as «Verein zur Förderung anthroposophischer Art und Kunst» .