Stephanie zu Guttenberg

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Stephanie Freifrau von und zu Guttenberg
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Stephanie von und zu Guttenberg (2010)
Born Gräfin von Bismarck-Schönhausen[1]
(1976-11-24) 24 November 1976 (age 38)
Munich
Religion Lutheran
Spouse(s) Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg
Children Anna zu Guttenberg (2001)
Mathilde zu Guttenberg (2002)
Parents Andreas Graf von Bismarck-Schönhausen
Charlotte Kinberg
Relatives House of Bismarck (by birth), House of Guttenberg (by marriage)

Stephanie Freifrau von und zu Guttenberg (born 24 November 1976 in Munich[2]), née Stephanie Gräfin von Bismarck-Schönhausen, is a German activist against child abuse, and the President of the German section of Innocence in Danger(de), a human rights NGO working to protect the rights of children on the Internet and working to restrict the spread of child pornography,[3][4] and a co-author of a book about these topics.

She is the wife of Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, the former German Minister of Defence. A member of the Bismarck family, she is the great-great-granddaughter of Chancellor Otto, Prince of Bismarck, and great-granddaughter of Foreign Secretary Herbert, Prince of Bismarck. She is also a descendant of Robert Whitehead, the inventor of the torpedo, and diplomat Alexander, Count of Hoyos.

Background[edit]

Stephanie zu Guttenberg is the only daughter of Andreas Graf von Bismarck-Schönhausen and Charlotte Kinberg, a Swedish interior architect with partial Dutch/German ancestry.[5] She has two older half-siblings on her mother's side.[citation needed] Guttenberg grew up bilingual, and in addition to her native German and Swedish, she speaks English, French and Italian.[5]

She attained a degree in business administration and textile engineering (Fashion Business Management) from the private academy Fachakademie für Textil & Schuhe in Nagold, and has worked during her schooling for several textile companies.

On 12 February 2000, she married Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, whom she had met when attending Love Parade in Berlin in 1995. They have two daughters, born in 2001 and 2002.

Activism[edit]

She has been President of the German section of Innocence in Danger(de), an organisation combating child abuse, protecting the rights of children on the Internet, and working to restrict the spread of child pornography.[4][5]

In September 2010, she published the book Schaut nicht weg! Was wir gegen sexuellen Missbrauch tun müssen, co-written with Anne-Ev Ustorf.[6]

She accompanied her husband when visiting the troops in Afghanistan in December 2010,[7] which drew some criticism from the opposition.[8]

On 24 January 2011, Stephanie zu Guttenberg became Patron of the Deutsche Multiple Sklerose Gesellschaft (de)[9] in Bavaria.[10]

Awards[edit]

Publications[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Genealogisches Handbuch des in Bayern immatrikulierten Adels, Vol. XXV, 2004, p. 422.
  2. ^ Binder, Elizabeth, 2009: Die Guttenbergs - Zu Verdis Klängen, Der Tagesspiegel, 21 November 2009.
  3. ^ Jungholt, Thorsten, 2009: Wie der Kampf gegen Kinderpornos funktioniert, Die Welt, 25 March 2009, retrieved on 22 September 2010.
  4. ^ a b Heftiger Lobbybetrieb vor Anhörung zu Web-Sperren Heise, 26 May 2009.
  5. ^ a b c Haas-Pilwat, Dagmar, 2009: Frau zu Guttenberg, geb. Bismarck: Jung, engagiert, adelig, Rheinische Post, 4 March 2009.
  6. ^ Kinder müssen nein sagen können Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 6 September 2010.
  7. ^ Stephanie zu Guttenberg joins husband on Afghanistan visit, The Local, 13 December 2010.
  8. ^ "PR-inside, 13 December 2010, Bundeswehrverband verteidigt Afghanistan-Besuch von Stephanie zu Guttenberg". Pr-inside.com. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  9. ^ info@w3-werk.de - W3 WERK Internetproduktionen, Stuttgart (2013-02-15). "Deutsche Multiple Sklerose Gesellschaft". Dmsg.de. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  10. ^ "Herzlich willkommen beim Bayerischen Landtag - 24.01.2011 - Stephanie Freifrau zu Guttenberg übernimmt Schirmherrschaft der Deutschen Multiple Sklerose Gesellschaft Bayern". Bayern.landtag.de. 2011-01-24. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  11. ^ Ehrenpreis für Kampf gegen Kindesmissbrauch, World Vision Deutschland, 2010-05-26