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Heidi (Klimesch) Rohel & Habsburg Princess

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I Adele Heidi (Klimesch) ROHEL was born in Šternberk, Moravia, Czechoslovakia.

In 1941 I went to school in Vienna and lived at the dorm "Penzion Metzger", Maximstrasse 6, Vienna, Austria. There were 6-8 girls sleeping in our room and about XX girls in the dorm.Princess Maria-Krystyna Habsburg - returns to Żywiec, Poland I was 14 at the time and the girl sleeping next to my bed was 18. Her name was Princess Maria-Krystyna (Christina) Immaculata Elisabeth Renata Alice Gabriela (see HABSBURG family) of Altenburg (12/8/1923 Castle of SaysbuschPolish, Żywiec, Galacia, Poland res. Żywiec - ) unmarried *wikipediaPolish *geni

Her parents were Archduke of Austria Karl Albrecht von Habsburg-Lothringen & Princess von Altenburg Alice Ankarcrona.

Two of her cousins also lived in the dorm, but stayed in different rooms. Maria was not the cutest child, and thus it was hard for her to make friends. Although I was friendly to her, I too could have perhaps done more to help her fit in and enjoy her schools experience, as I did. That is until I was thrown out of the Vienna school for being 1/2 Jewish and the Habsburg children for being Habsburg's, both viewed as threats to Hitler's ambitions.

ROYALS PORTAL - October 5, 2004

A Polish princess, who returned to her homeland after decades in exile, has been granted a special pension by Prime Minister Marek Belka. 81-year-old Maria Krystyna Habsburg, by birth Prinzessin Maria Krystyna von Altenburg, whose family lost its property when it was forced into exile by the communists will get 1200 Zloty (£ 190 or € 277) a month, said Antoni Szlagor, the mayor of the family's ancestral home town of Zywiec (on wikipedia), formerly Saybusch. "The Habsburgs were great patriots," Szlagor said. "They were persecuted for it by both the Germans and the communists. We wanted this to be a small compensation." The princess returned to Zywiec, in Southern Poland, three years ago and has bee living in a wing of the family castle, which had been confiscated by the communists. She lived for decades in Switzerland, but never worked and today has no regular income. Szlagor said, she was surprised and happy at the news, and that he and other local officials are very proud to have her back in the town, which petitioned the prime minister for the pension. "After all, it's not every town in Poland that has a Habsburg princess," he said. [The Scotsman]

Hapsburg heirs claim Polish art treasure, brewery - 6/3/1999

WARSAW (Reuters) - Four heirs linked to Austria's former Hapsburg dynasty have laid claims to Polish art treasures and one of the country's leading breweries, the leading financial daily Rzeczpospolita reported. The legal heirs to Prince Archduke Karol Olbracht Hapsburg, who died in 1951, hoped to recover two priceless 17th-century Flemish Gobelin tapestries as well as 64 paintings and copper engravings confiscated by Poland's communist rulers after World War II. The heirs were also demanding 700 million zlotys (more than $175 million) compensation for the Hapsburg family's Zywiec brewery, which was nationalized by the communists. In addition, they wanted Zywiec to remove the Hapsburg coat of arms and the words "established 1856" from the beer's label. Rzeczpospolita newspaper said the archduke, a Polish citizen, was imprisoned by the Gestapo (German secret police) for refusing to sign a German nationality list, only to have all his property confiscated after the war by Poland's then Soviet-back regime. Archduke Karol first took his case to court in 1949, but the communist judges dropped the proceedings without issuing a ruling. Dominican priest Father Joachim Badeni, a Hapsburg heir who lives in Poland, had filed suit in the District Court in Bielsko-Biala on behalf of the other three claimants who make their home abroad. Rzeczpospolita identified them as Karol Stefan, who lives in Sweden, Swiss-based Maria Krystyna and Spanish resident Renata.

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