The Story of Maria Reiche
The story of Maria Reiche, who left Germany as the Nazis were taking control and become a national heroine in Peru was told to Berwick Probus Club on Wednesday by Ann Horn, of Berwick.
Mrs Horn showed a series of slides of the aged, historic lines which were mapped and detailed by Maria. Anxious to escape, unable to find a job and fluent in five languages she eventually went to Peru and became a tutor.
Later she became a translator, met a professor who was searching for the significance of the lines for which the country is famous and spent her life working for him and assisting with the mapping.
For a time they thought the lines were part of a giant astronomical calendar but this theory has since been dismissed. Maria produced a book, “Mystery of the Desert”, and lived to 95 years old.