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Gertrude von Petzold (1876–1952) by Burton & Sons, 1904 photograph courtesy of John Hewerdine

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Petzold, Gertrude von (1876–1952), Unitarian minister and public lecturer, was born in Thorn, East Prussia, of aristocratic ancestry. Her father was an officer in the Prussian army, while her mother instructed her thoroughly in the Lutheran catechism. After teacher training at a seminary, she soon became impatient of the limited opportunities afforded to women in ...