Antonia Ennemoser

Antonia Ennemoser

Antonia Ennemoser, 1906-1993

The ore separator

Antonia Ennemoser, born in St. Leonhard in Passeier, spent her youth on the Schneeberg where she worked, among other things, as an ore separator. From the age of twelve, women sorted out the better pieces of ore by hand at the gallery entrances. They were paid by the quantity of ore they sorted. From 1896 on they lived in their own women’s hostel on the Schneeberg. In addition to local women, many of the ore separators, up to 70 in number, came from Italy and Slovenia.
Antonia always had wonderful memories of her childhood on the Schneeberg. She died in 1993 at the age of 87, after visiting the rebuilt chapel in St. Martin am Schneeberg, where she had celebrated her first holy communion in 1915.
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