Norbert Klein

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Norbert Klein (25 October 1866, Brunzeif, Austrian Silesia – 10 March 1933, Bruntál, Czechoslovakia) was Bishop of Brno from 1916 to 1926 and 59th Grand Master of the Teutonic Order from 1923 to 1933.

Klein began his theological studies in 1885 at Olmütz. He continued for two years before entering the novitiate of the Teutonic Order in 1887. On 27 July 1890 he was ordained to the priesthood and in 1892 he made his solemn profession in the order. In 1903 he was named Prior of Troppau. On 7 December 1916 he was appointed to be Bishop of Brno. On 28 January 1917 he was ordained bishop. On 30 April 1923 he became the first clerical grand master of the Teutonic Order when Archduke Eugen of Austria resigned in order to ensure that the order retained its properties in Austria and Czechoslovakia which were threatened with confiscation by the respective governments. On 4 January 1926 Klein resigned as Bishop of Brno and was named Titular Bishop of Syene.

Klein died in 1933 and is buried in Bruntál.

Religious titles
Preceded by
Paul von Huyn
Bishop of Brno
1916–1926
Succeeded by
Josef Kupka
Preceded by
Archduke Eugen of Austria
Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights
1923–1933
Succeeded by
Paul Heider