Archduke Karl Albrecht of Austria
|Archduke Karl Albrecht|
Archduke Karl Albrecht in 1918
|Spouse||Alice Elisabeth Ankarcrona|
Prince Karl Albrecht
|House||House of Habsburg-Lorraine|
|Father||Archduke Charles Stephen of Austria|
|Mother||Archduchess Maria Theresia, Princess of Tuscany|
18 December 1888|
|Died||17 March 1951
near Stockholm, Sweden
Archduke Karl Albrecht of Austria-Teschen (Karl Albrecht Nikolaus Leo Gratianus von Österreich, later Karl Albrecht Habsburg-Lothringen, since 1919 – Karol Olbracht Habsburg-Lotaryński; (Pula, 18 December 1888 – Östervik, nr. Stockholm, 17 March 1951).
Early life and career
He was a landowner in Żywiec, Officer Colonel of Artillery in both the Imperial (k.u.k.) Austro-Hungarian Army (on Horse) and the Polish Army, and the 1,175th Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece in 1910, etc.
In 1918 and again in 1939 he volunteered to the Polish Army. He fought in the Polish–Soviet War. In 1920, he commanded the Grudziądz Fortress. During the German occupation of Poland, he declared Polish nationality and refused to sign the Volksliste. He was imprisoned in November 1939, kept in Cieszyn and tortured by the Gestapo. His wife was interned in Wisła. He left prison blind in one eye and half-paralyzed. In October 1942, Albrecht and his family were sent to a labor camp in Strausberg. After liberation, he moved to Kraków and then to Sweden. His estate was confiscated in 1939 by the Nazis, and again in 1945 by the communists.
Family and children
On 8 November 1920 he married morganatically Alice Elisabeth Ankarcrona (Tullgarn, near Trosa, 18 December 1889 - Saltsjöbaden, near Stockholm, Sweden, 26 November 1985) in the Castle of Żywiec, Poland. Alice became the Princess von Altenburg (with the style Highness) on 15 December 1949, as a daughter of Oscar Carl Gustav Ankarcrona (10 June 1857 -), and his wife (m. 20 November 1886) Anna Elisabeth Aurora Carleson (5 November 1867 -).
Their children were:
- Karl-Stefan Maximilian Ferdinand Narcissus Maria Prince of Altenburg (b. Balice, Poland, 29 October 1921 - ); married in Geneva, Switzerland on 18 September 1952 his first cousin, Maria-Louise Victoria Katharina Elisabeth af Petersens (b. Stockholm), 4 November 1910 - Östervik, Sweden, 27 May 1998), daughter of August af Petersens and wife, Victoria (Vera) Ankarcrona, and had two children:
- Maria-Christina Immaculata Elisabeth Renata Alice Gabriela Princess of Altenburg (b. Castle of Żywiec), Poland, 8 December 1923 – 2 October 2012, Żywiec, Poland unmarried and without issue.
- Karl-Albrecht Maximilian Leo Maria Dominic Prince of Altenburg (b. Castle of Żywiec), Poland, 4 August 1926 - Castle of Żywiec, Poland, 19 December 1928)
- Renata Maria Theresia Alice Elisabeth Princess of Altenburg (b. Castle of Żywiec), Poland, 13 April 1931 -), married in Stockholm on 26 June 1957 Spanish Diplomat Eduardo de Zulueta y Dato (b. Paris, France 4 December 1923 -), and had issue.
Titles, styles, honours, and arms
- Ribera, José António Moya, Costados, N.º 81
- Timothy Snyder. The Red Prince: The Secret Lives of a Habsburg Archduke. Basic Books. 2008.