GERMAN DYNASTY CAN'T GET ITS FORTUNE BACK BECAUSE OF THEIR SHARED HISTORY WITH HITLER


30/09/2020




Selin ATAY-DG- Members of Germany's dynasty want to reclaim the riches they once had, but their ties to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in the past stand in their way.

From the dynasty, Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia inherited Hohenzollern Castle in the south of the country, a legal battle to recover some of his assets and the family fortune confiscated after the fall of the Nazis.

The vast collection of more than 10 thousand pieces covers many elements, from priceless works of art to the rich heirlooms of the most powerful family in German history, Prince Georg said in a statement.

Although the dynasty member's legal battle began 10 years ago, it has recently sparked more anger in the German public.

While many Germans argue that Prince Georg of Prussia had no legal right over the inheritance, some historians are also skeptical of the claims made by the dynasty member.

In his first TV interview on the subject, Prince Georg said: "I see it as my duty. I think whether the judges eventually ruled in our favor or not, my family would not have let these allegations go," he said.

But Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia is fighting the obstacle to wealth because of laws that deprive those who helped bring the Nazis to power of the right to return confiscated goods or compensation.

In 1945, when World War II ended with the defeat of Hitler’s Germany,  the Soviets took control of East Germany and artworks and other assets belonging to former dynastic members were confiscated by the communist administration.

In 1994, the German parliament passed a law allowing its citizens to claim property they lost in East Germany during the Soviet occupation. But an important annotation contained in the law stated that people who supported the Nazis would not be able to benefit from this law.


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