Hans Hermann Weyer

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Hans Hermann Consul Weyer, Graf von Yorck is a German trader in nobility and academics titles, and a flamboyant member of the international jet set. He is a former window dresser who became an honorary consul of Bolivia in Luxembourg[1] and who became known in the 1960s for selling certificates of nobility, doctoral degrees from invented colleges and universities, and other decorations in Germany.[2][3] Described in 1982 by John Vinocur of The New York Times as "a Munich rogue who sold phony titles" to "used-car dealers hungry for respectability", Weyer is given credit for Hans Lichtenberg's adoption in the latter's biographical profile in the cast list of the 2005 German reality-television program "Die Burg (de)". Lichtenberg then married Zsa Zsa Gabor.[4][5] According to the newspaper Rhein-Zeitung, Weyer was adopted as an adult, in 1996, by a Countess of Yorck, a 78-year-old noblewoman, and now uses the name Consul Weyer Graf von Yorck.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bodo Kirchhoff : Der Mantel des schönen Konsuls
  2. ^ New York Times article mentioning Weyer's career, 1982
  3. ^ Vinocur, John (16 March 1978). "For German Who 'Awarded' Titles, First Gold, Then Bars". The New York Times. p. A2. 
  4. ^ Cast List for "Die Burg"
  5. ^ John Vinocur, "A Republic of Fear: Thirty Years of General Stroessner's Paraguay", The New York Times Magazine, 23 September 1984, page 20
  6. ^ Consul Weyer Graf von Yorck's website