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Old 01-25-2014, 08:47 AM
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Wummehof

I note from the Nobilia website an article in a German news outlet that the Wummehof has been sold.

(see Wümmehof in Bremen-Borgfeld ist verkauft: Haus Hohenzollern trennt sich vom langjährigen Wohnsitz des Kaiser-Enkels Prinz Louis Ferdinand | Bremen)

If I recall correctly this property was acquired after World War 2 by Louis Ferdinand.

Does anyone know why Louis Ferdinand chose to live in Bremen rather than anywhere else?

Any idea where the Prince and Princess of Prussia will live now?

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Old 01-25-2014, 10:26 PM
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Harold, Prince Louis Ferdinand's obituary stated:
At the end of the Second World War, Prince Louis Ferdinand had to flee with his family from his Eastern estates to West Germany and made the Wummehof in Bremen his private residence.

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Old 01-26-2014, 08:47 AM
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Thanks for the reply. Will the Prince and Princess continue to live in Bremen? Their plans may not have been announced.
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Old 01-31-2014, 01:02 AM
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A practical princess in a modern world | The Storytellers | DW.DE | 29.01.2014
A short article about Burg Namedy and it's owner, Princess Heide, widow of Prince Godehard of the Hohenzollern Sigmaringen line. He was a grandson of Princess Josephine of Belgium.
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Old 01-31-2014, 07:45 AM
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Prince Godehard-Friedrich of Hohenzollern (1939-2001) was the youngest son of Prince Albrecht of Hohenzollern (1898-1977) and of his wife, née Ilse-Margot von Friedeburg (1901-1988). In turn, Prince Albrecht was the only son of Prince Karl Anton of Hohenzollern (1868-1919) and of Princess Josephine of Belgium (1872-1958, sister of King Albert I). Prince Karl Anton was the youngest brother of Fürst Wilhelm of Hohenzollern and of King Ferdinand of Romania.
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Old 02-28-2014, 05:44 PM
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The Imperial Hohenzollern House of Germany will receive 1,2 million euro for the properties taken by the state after 1918:

La famille impériale allemande dédommagée pour la perte de ses propriétés en 1918 | Noblesse & Royautés
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I think that article is incorrect. The compensation would be for expropriations after World War II by the Soviet Military Government and the DDR. However, it is my understanding that no decision has been made on whether to award the compensation.
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You're right. On the one hand it is about the properties taken by the Soviet administration and on the other hand the Brandenburg ministry of the interior has asked for an independent opinion of experts about the involvement of the Prussian Hohenzollerns with the Nazis before any payments will be made.
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A proverbial can of worms would also be opened up with regard to many propertied families in the former German Democratic Republic and in western Poland, whose properties were expropriated. While it makes for genuinely poignant family history, for people with titles linked to land in Poland especially can imply a calling into question of the Oder-Neisse border between Germany and Poland.

When one speaks therefore of dynastic restitution of properties east of the former Iron Curtain, it is somewhat reminiscent of the situation of the post-Sandinista government in Nicaragua, when huge US companies incessantly demanded compensation for property in pre-Sandniista times to the extent of it becoming US foreign policy. (All the Sandinistas had to do was to say to the poverty-stricken Nicaraguan electorate: 'Look how the US is treating the government that is supposed to be its friend'; the Sandinistas were later elected to power: with an aura of legitimacy which the incessant demands for restitution by big corporations had ironically given them.)

If formerly reigning dynasties in parts of Eastern Europe ever hope to become established as popular and representative, then concern for the welfare of the common people needs to be a stance that is put way before issues of dynastic property restitution.
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Rebuilding the Berliner Stadtschloss

Palace where Kaiser Wilhelm II declared the First World War is to be rebuilt, 100 years later - Telegraph
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A very unbalanced and incomplete article. First of all The Telegraph seems to hint that it was the Emperor whom declared war, while it was a decision of the Cabinet under leadership of Chancellor Von Bethmann Hollweg. Secondly it seems to hint that Berlin has taken the decision to rebuild the palace in this year of commemoration, while that decision was taken a long time ago. Also the not unimportant information that only the façade will be rebuild and the inside will be open, modern and transparent (like the famous Reichstag with it's glass dome) was very missed. What a poor article by such a "quality newspaper".
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Was the Berliner Stadtschloss the palace where the wedding reception of Wilhelm's daughter, Princess Viktoria Luise and son-in-law, Ernest Augustus occurred?
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