Joachim, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau

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Joachim Schönburg
Count of Schönburg-Glauchau
Spouse Countess Beatrix Széchényi
(m.1957 div.1986)
Ursula Zwicker (m.1986 wil.1998)
Issue Countess Maria Felicitas
Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis
Count Carl-Alban
Alexander, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau
Countess Anabel Maya-Felicitas
Full name
Joachim Heinrich Maria Carl Rudolf Franz Xaver Joseph Antonius Christophorus Hubertus Alfons
Father Friedrich Carl, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau
Mother Maria Anna, Countess Baworowska
Born (1929-02-04)4 February 1929
Glauchau, Saxony
Died 29 September 1998(1998-09-29) (aged 69)
Passau, Bavaria
Burial Basilika of Wechselburg

Joachim, Count von Schönburg-Glauchau (4 February 1929 in Glauchau, Saxony – 29 September 1998 in Passau, Bavaria) was the head of the mediatised House of Schönburg. Dispossessed and expelled from his homeland in 1945, he and his family migrated to the Rhineland, where he was an author and journalist. After the fall of the Berlin wall, he returned to his homeland, represented the district in the Bundestag, and served in local government.


He grew up in the idyllic setting of Wechselburg (51°0′11″N 12°46′36″E / 51.00306°N 12.77667°E / 51.00306; 12.77667) in the Zwickauer Mulde river valley, about 25 kilometers north of Chemnitz. The Schönburg family had occupied the Schloss Rochsburg there since 1637. His parents were Friedrich Carl, Count von Schönburg-Glauchau, born 26 July 1899 in Wechselburg and died 12 April 1945 in the defense of Breslau, and Maria Anna, Countess Baworowska (1902–1988). He was the second of their eight children.

Expulsion and new life in the west[edit]

In 1945, Soviet occupation troops arrested him, expropriated his property, and he and the family were deported, living for a while in Mainz. He supported his family as a journalist and author. In 1965, he accepted an assignment to Somalia, where he established a broadcast station, and served as a foreign correspondent. His family lived with him in the Horn of Africa for five years, and two of his children were born there.

Immediately after the fall of the wall in 1990, he returned to his homeland in Saxony, and from 1990 to 1994, served as a member of the Bundestag for the representative district, which included the communities of Glauchau, Rochlitz, Hohenstein, Ernstthal and Hainichen, in Saxony, for the Christian Democratic Union. In the so-called Berlin debate on 20 June 1991, he spoke against the transfer of the capital city status to Berlin.[1]

He is known for his stance on the protection of nature, and, as an author, for his books about hunting. One of his most popular books, the humorous Der Jagdgast (The Hunt Guest), tells old hunting stories from his homeland. Der deutsche Jäger (The German Hunter) is a combination of hunting stories and hunting practices.

From 1991 to 1997 he lived in the former family castle of Rochsburg, and served in the city council of Lunzenau. In 1998, he became very sick, and moved to Passau, in Bavaria, where he died. He is buried in the old cloister Basilika in Wechselburg, his boyhood home.


His first wife, Beatrix (born 30 January 1930), is the great granddaughter of the Hungarian social reformer and national hero, Count István Széchényi.[2] They married 27 October 1957 in Vienna and divorced in Munich, Bavaria, 25 April 1986.[3] His children are, from his first marriage, Maria Felicitas (b. 1958), Gloria, Dowager Princess of Thurn and Taxis (b. 1960), Carl-Alban (b. 1966), and the best selling author Alexander, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau (b. 1969); from his second marriage, 18 July 1986, to Ursula Zwicker, there is one child, Anabel Maya-Felicitas.[4]


  • 4 February 1929 - 12 April 1945 His Illustrious Highness Count Joachim of Schönburg-Glauchau
  • 12 April 1945 - 29 September 1998 His Illustrious Highness The Count of Schönburg-Glauchau


  • Der Jagdgast, München : BLV-Verlagsgesellschaft, 1986, 2. Aufl.
  • Jagen mit dem "Uhu" Mainz : Hoffmann, 1985
  • Hohe Jagd in Zentral- und Südeuropa, with Días de los Reyes, Antonio. - Herrsching : Schuler, _381 1983
  • Der deutsche Jäger, München, Bern, Wien : BLV-Verlagsgesellschaft, 1979


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This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.