Frederick of Hohenau

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Frederick of Hohenau and his fiancee Charlotte von der Decken in 1880

Count[1] Albrecht Friedrich Wilhelm Bernhard of Hohenau (born May 21, 1857 in the Albrechtsberg Castle in Dresden; died 15 April 1914 in Ochelhermsdorf) was a German nobleman.

Frederick, also known as Fritz, was a son of Prince Albrecht of Prussia (1809–1872), who was a brother of Emperor William I and King Frederick William IV of Prussia, from his second, morganatic marriage with Rosalie (1820–1879), daughter of the Prussian War Minister Gustav von Rauch. Because his father’s marriage to his mother was morganatic, Frederick was not counted as a member of the House of Hohenzollern.[2]

After the death of his mother, Frederick was, together with his older brother William, heir to the Schloss Albrechtsberg in Dresden, which he occupied until his death. In 1901, together with Friedrich Botho, a brother of Philip, Prince of Eulenburg, he had to leave the Prussian military service because of his homosexual inclinations.[3]

Frederick was also involved in the two biggest scandals of the German Empire under Kaiser Wilhelm II. He belonged to the Liebenberg Round Table and played a role alongside his wife in the so-called Kotze Affair (de).


Frederick married Charlotte von der Decken (1863–1933) at 21 June 1881 in Berbisdorf (de).[4] The couple had the following issue:


  1. ^ Regarding personal names: Graf was a title before 1919, but now is regarded as part of the surname. It is translated as Count. Before the August 1919 abolition of nobility as a legal class, titles preceded the full name when given (Graf Helmuth James von Moltke). Since 1919, these titles, along with any nobiliary prefix (von, zu, etc.), can be used, but are regarded as a dependent part of the surname, and thus come after any given names (Helmuth James Graf von Moltke). Titles and all dependent parts of surnames are ignored in alphabetical sorting. The feminine form is Gräfin.
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  3. ^ Helga Neumann: Maximilian Harden (1861-1927), Königshausen & Neumann, 2003, S. 109
  4. ^ Stammtafeln der Familie von der Decken, Thora von der Decken (ed.) on behalf of the Wangenheim-Decken'sche Familienstiftung, Stade: Heimberg, 1936, p. 83.