Why was Hitler arrogant

Nazi history: The brown crown prince


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The history of the Hohenzollern does not repeat itself. But it just keeps getting better. Reunification was less than a year old when the coffin of Frederick the Great from exile at Hechingen Palace - the old ancestral home of the house in W├╝rttemberg - was transferred to Potsdam and buried on the terrace of Sanssouci Palace, right next to Frederick's beloved greyhounds. In 2002 the Bundestag decided to rebuild the Berlin City Palace: Baroque on the outside, concrete on the inside and filled with Humboldt. In 2010 the "Luisenjahr" on the 200th anniversary of the Queen's death brought a stream of successful biographies and 2.3 million visitors to the parks and palaces of Brandenburg and Berlin. In Hechingen, summer evenings with the motto "Chilling out with Friedrich" were a success. Christopher Clark's excellent books on Prussia as Iron Kingdom, the First World War, triggered by sleepwalkers, and Kaiser Wilhelm II as a fascinatingly dazzling figure reached bestseller heights.

At the same time, the anti-Prussian alarmism that was still heard during the Kohl era has died down. Former worryers have converted, retired, or have passed away. With good arguments, Prussia was gradually freed from the mixture of liberal, Catholic, democratic, southern German, western Allied and communist criticism of Prussia, which here and there had stuck together to black legends.

In line with this line of normalization, it seemed that the Hohenzollern would be compensated for a series of expropriations under Soviet occupation that had hit the family immediately after the end of the war in 1945. The application for compensation dates from 1991, what is being legally contested has meanwhile shrunk to the almost symbolic sum of 1.2 million euros; however, further demands in other federal states depend on the procedure.



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The state has put a historically justified barb on the granting of compensation, which makes it difficult to land such payments. The 1994 Compensation Act formulated in Paragraph 1 the exclusion of compensation payments for cases in which the beneficiary or his heirs "made a significant contribution to the National Socialist or Communist system in the Soviet-occupied zone or in the German Democratic Republic". Although the law equates "Third Reich" and the GDR with an unusually lively spirit, there was little reason to look for supporters of communist regimes among the Hohenzollerns.

For some years now, however, legal checks have been carried out to determine whether the head of the family in office at the time of the expropriation - Wilhelm Prince of Prussia (1882 to 1951), Crown Prince and eldest son of Kaiser Wilhelm II - "made a considerable contribution" to National Socialism. For the Hohenzollern, it is firstly about money that has to be paid from the tax coffers and transferred to Georg Friedrich Prince of Prussia, the current head of the house. Second, the reputation, because law and lawyers explicitly question the role of the German ruling family in the installation of the "Third Reich". The prince fights for inheritance and honor! headlined the Colorful in March 2015. In addition, conservatives have always been reluctant to discuss what can be said about the relationship between the old elites and National Socialism. And finally, the interlinking of contemporary history and jurisdiction is fascinating.

In all proceedings that affect the aforementioned paragraph, lawyers are required to assess complex issues of the German past. In law firms and ministries, documentary diligence and legal arts have created a small parallel universe of historical research that is dominated by material interests and historical amateurs. Somebody must have noticed relatively late in the process that there is a science that deals with it and that there is a range of knowledge about the period before 1945 that one could ask specialist historians for their assessment.