Wife and Daughter of Subhas Chandra Bose

Emilie Schenkl

Emilie Schenkl (1910 – March 1996) was an Austrian stenographer, secretary, and trunk exchange operator. She was the wife or the companion of Subhas Chandra Bose, an Indian nationalist leader.

Schenkl met Bose in 1934 and the two formed a romantic relationship while she worked for him as a secretary.

She later became the mother of their daughter, Anita Bose Pfaff, during Bose’s stay in Germany.

Schenkl never visited India. Emilie Schenkl died in 1996.

Bose never publicly acknowledged the fact of his marriage and privately did so only in a letter to his brother Sarat written in Bengali and given to Emilie before he left Europe, with instructions for it to be posted to him in the event of his death.

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