Princess Sophie of Hohenberg

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Princess Sophie
Princess of Hohenberg
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Princess Sophie von Hohenberg, circa 1914.
Spouse Count Friedrich von Nostitz-Rieneck
Issue Count Erwein von Nostitz-Rieneck
Count Franz von Nostitz-Rieneck
Count Aloys von Nostitz-Rieneck
Countess Sophie von Nostitz-Rieneck
Father Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria
Mother Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg
Born (1901-07-24)24 July 1901
Konopiště, Kingdom of Bohemia
Died 27 October 1990(1990-10-27) (aged 89)
Thannhausen, Austria
The Princess with her parents and brothers, circa 1910

Princess Sophie of Hohenberg (German: Sophie Fürstin von Hohenberg, fully Sophie Marie Franziska Antonia Ignatia Alberta von Hohenberg, Czech: Žofie z Hohenbergu; (1901-07-24)24 July 1901, Konopiště – 27 October 1990(1990-10-27), Thannhausen) was the only daughter of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his morganatic wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg.


Princess Sophie's parents, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie, were assassinated on 28 June 1914 in Sarajevo. After the assassination of her parents, Sophie and her two surviving brothers, Maximilian and Ernst, were taken in by their father's close friend and shooting partner Prince Jaroslav von Thun und Hohenstein.

In late 1918, their properties in Czechoslovakia including Konopiště and Chlumec nad Cidlinou were confiscated. The children moved to Vienna and Schloß Artstetten. Sophie married Count Friedrich von Nostitz-Rieneck (1891–1973), son of Count Erwein Felix von Nostitz-Rieneck and Countess Amalia von Podstatzky-Lichtenstein on 8 September 1920. They had four children:

  • Count Erwein Maximilian Franz Peter Paul Hubertus Konrad Maria von Nostitz-Rieneck (1921–1949); died in a Soviet POW camp
  • Count Franz von Assisi Friedrich Ernst Leopold Josef Maria von Nostitz-Rieneck (1923–1945); killed on the Eastern Front
  • Count Aloys Karl Joseph Maria von Nostitz-Rieneck (1925–2003) married 1962 Countess Theresia von Waldburg-Zeil (b. 1931)
  • Countess Sophie Amalia Theresia Quirinia Henriette Lucretia Magdalena Maria Ignatia von Nostitz-Rieneck (born 1929) married 1953 Baron Ernst von Gudenus (1916–1972)

In 1938, following the Anschluss (the union of Austria and Germany under Adolf Hitler), her brothers Maximilian and Ernst were arrested by the Gestapo as a result of making anti-Nazi statements and deported to Dachau concentration camp. Their properties in Austria were confiscated by Nazi authorities.[1] They both survived their imprisonment in Dachau.

Sophie lived to be 89 years old, dying in October 1990, outliving both of her younger siblings.

Fictional appearances[edit]

A fictional version of Princess Sophie, played by Danish actress Amalie Alstrup, appeared in "Vienna, November 1908", an episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles later re-edited to form half of The Perils of Cupid. Young Indy falls in love with the princess and shares his first kiss with her, but is forbidden from seeing her further. Several times through the series, he is shown wearing a locket that contains her picture which she gave to him.


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