Maximilian Egon II, Prince of Fürstenberg

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Maximilian Egon II
Prince of Fürstenberg
Max Egon Fürst zu Fürstenberg.jpg
Portrait from the historic market hall of Freiburg
Prince of Fürstenberg
Tenure1896 – 1918
PredecessorCharles Egon IV
SuccessorKarl Egon V
BornMaximilian Egon Christian Karl Aloys Emil Leo Richard Anton
1863
Died1941
SpouseCountess Irma von Schönborn-Buchheim
IssueKarl Ego V, Prince of Fürstenberg
Princess Leotina
Princess Anna
Prince Maximilian Egon
Prince Friedrich Eduard
Marie-Louise-Auguste von Almey
HouseFürstenberg
FatherPrince Maximilian Egon of Fürstenberg
MotherCountess Leontina von Khevenhüller-Metsch

Maximilian Egon II, Prince of Fürstenberg (1863 – 1941) was a German landowner and investor. He the Head of the House of Fürstenberg and a minor noble in several German-speaking states, including Austria.

Family[edit]

Born as Prince Maximilian Egon Christian Karl Aloys Emil Leo Richard Anton zu Fürstenberg, he was the son of Prince Maximilian Egon zu Fürstenberg, and his wife Countess Leontina von Khevenhüller-Metsch. He had a younger brother, born in 1867, named Prince Karl Emil Egon zu Fürstenberg.

By his marriage to Countess Irma von Schönborn-Buchheim, he had three sons and two daughters:

  • Karl Egon V zu Fürstenberg (1891–1973)
  • Leontina zu Fürstenberg (1892–1979)
  • Anna zu Fürstenberg (1894–1928)
  • Maximilian Egon zu Fürstenberg (1896–1959)
  • Friedrich Eduard zu Fürstenberg (1898–1916)

He also had an illegitimate daughter, Marie-Louise-Auguste von Almey, by a liaison with Baroness Marguerite von Almey.

Life[edit]

A close friend and adviser of Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany,[1] Max of Fürstenberg inherited territorial titles in Prussia, Austria, Hungary, Württemberg and Baden, and by virtue of them had a seat in the House of Lords in each of the five states. Until the First World War, he was vice-president of the Prussian House of Lords.

His principal residence was at Donaueschingen, near the source of the Danube, where he owned a castle and great deer forests. Emperor Wilhelm II frequently visited him there, and Max invariably accompanied the Emperor on his hunting expeditions and Norwegian trips. As well as his vast ancestral forests, he also owned coal mines, hotels and breweries.[2]

Although he was a member of the high Roman Catholic Uradel who had long stood aloof from party politics, after meeting Adolf Hitler and Ernst Roehm in November 1933, Max became enthusiastic about Hitler's leadership, commenting that "It was wonderful, to be able to meet such a great man".[1]

The same year, 1933, he joined the Nazi Party and the SA. In 1938, he was appointed to the rank of Standartenführer. He died in 1941, during the Second World War, and was succeeded by his son, Karl Egon V (1891–1973).[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Eckart Conze, Monika Wienfort, eds., Adel und Moderne: Deutschland im europäischen Vergleich im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert , p. 136: "Es war herrlich, diesem einzig grossen Mann gegenueberstehen zu duerfen."
  2. ^ Rines 1920.
  3. ^ John Kennedy, John E. James, eds, Almanach de Gotha 2004, Vol. 1, p. 508

References[edit]

  • Wikisource-logo.svg This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainRines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). "Fürstenberg, Maximilian Egon zu" . Encyclopedia Americana.