Stephanie zu Guttenberg

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Stephanie Freifrau von und zu Guttenberg
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Stephanie von und zu Guttenberg (2010)
Born Gräfin von Bismarck-Schönhausen[1]
(1976-11-24) 24 November 1976 (age 40)
Munich
Spouse(s) Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg
Children Anna zu Guttenberg (2001)
Mathilde zu Guttenberg (2002)
Parent(s) Andreas Graf von Bismarck-Schönhausen
Charlotte Kinberg
Relatives House of Bismarck (by birth), House of Guttenberg (by marriage)

Stephanie Freifrau von und zu Guttenberg (born 24 November 1976 in Munich[2]), née Stephanie Gräfin von Bismarck-Schönhausen, is a German activist against child abuse, and the President of the German section of Innocence in Danger[de], a human rights NGO working to protect the rights of children on the Internet and working to restrict the spread of child pornography,[3][4] and a co-author of a book about these topics.

She is the wife of Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, the former German Minister of Defence. A member of the Bismarck family, she is the great-great-granddaughter of Chancellor Otto, Prince of Bismarck, and great-granddaughter of Foreign Secretary Herbert, Prince of Bismarck. She is also a descendant of Robert Whitehead, the inventor of the torpedo, through diplomat Alexander, Count of Hoyos.

Background[edit]

Stephanie zu Guttenberg is the only daughter of Andreas Graf von Bismarck-Schönhausen and Charlotte Kinberg, a Swedish interior architect with partial Dutch/German ancestry.[5] She has two older half-siblings on her mother's side.[citation needed] Guttenberg grew up bilingual, and in addition to her native German and Swedish, she speaks English, French and Italian.[5]

She attained a degree in business administration and textile engineering (Fashion Business Management) from the private academy Fachakademie für Textil & Schuhe in Nagold, and has worked during her schooling for several textile companies.

On 12 February 2000, she married Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, whom she had met when attending Love Parade in Berlin in 1995. They have two daughters, born in 2001 and 2002.

Activism[edit]

She has been President of the German section of Innocence in Danger[de], an organisation combating child abuse, protecting the rights of children on the Internet, and working to restrict the spread of child pornography.[4][5]

In September 2010, she published the book Schaut nicht weg! Was wir gegen sexuellen Missbrauch tun müssen, co-written with Anne-Ev Ustorf.[6]

She accompanied her husband when visiting the troops in Afghanistan in December 2010,[7] which drew some criticism from the opposition.[8]

On 24 January 2011, Stephanie zu Guttenberg became Patron of the Deutsche Multiple Sklerose Gesellschaft (de)[9] in Bavaria.[10]

Awards[edit]

Publications[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Genealogisches Handbuch des in Bayern immatrikulierten Adels, Vol. XXV, 2004, p. 422.
  2. ^ Binder, Elizabeth, 2009: Die Guttenbergs - Zu Verdis Klängen, Der Tagesspiegel, 21 November 2009.
  3. ^ Jungholt, Thorsten, 2009: Wie der Kampf gegen Kinderpornos funktioniert, Die Welt, 25 March 2009, retrieved on 22 September 2010.
  4. ^ a b Heftiger Lobbybetrieb vor Anhörung zu Web-Sperren Heise, 26 May 2009.
  5. ^ a b c Haas-Pilwat, Dagmar, 2009: Frau zu Guttenberg, geb. Bismarck: Jung, engagiert, adelig, Rheinische Post, 4 March 2009.
  6. ^ Kinder müssen nein sagen können Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 6 September 2010.
  7. ^ Stephanie zu Guttenberg joins husband on Afghanistan visit, The Local, 13 December 2010.
  8. ^ "PR-inside, 13 December 2010, Bundeswehrverband verteidigt Afghanistan-Besuch von Stephanie zu Guttenberg". Pr-inside.com. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  9. ^ info@w3-werk.de - W3 WERK Internetproduktionen, Stuttgart (2013-02-15). "Deutsche Multiple Sklerose Gesellschaft". Dmsg.de. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  10. ^ "Herzlich willkommen beim Bayerischen Landtag - 24.01.2011 - Stephanie Freifrau zu Guttenberg übernimmt Schirmherrschaft der Deutschen Multiple Sklerose Gesellschaft Bayern". Bayern.landtag.de. 2011-01-24. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  11. ^ Ehrenpreis für Kampf gegen Kindesmissbrauch, World Vision Deutschland, 2010-05-26