Habsburg Day of the Dead


Yesterday, I boarded the EM-X bus, and got off at Dad’s Gate. I headed for the Jordon Schnitzer Museum, when I was approached by a pretty woman about fifty years of age.

“You look exquisite! I am so impressed by how you are dressed. I love the beret! My name is Judy!”

Judy offered me her hand, and we shook. She went on about how you do not see well-dressed men in Eugene, and Oregon for that matter. As she and her girlfriend walked away, I almost stopped them and bid Judy to repeat what she said while I filmed her. Then, I thought better of it. Somehow, if I owned proof a woman could approach a total stranger, a man, and tell him he is beautiful, I would be punished.

Above is a photo of me standing in front of the Museum, and posing before the large portrait of  Empress Zita and her family greeting War Orphans. When I asked Cheryl why this painting was in the gallery guide for the Day of the Dead, she pointed to the white roses tossed on the carpet before the children who look like ghosts. Flowers are part of the altars that honor the dead. I am bowled over. Here is a great validation for my long twenty year study. Roses pour from my mouth. I now understand I have come to honor the Habsburgs, and help their souls find rest. I also am aware I am a Representative of the Royal Habsburgs in Mexico, and the United States. I am heir to their history, because John and Jessie Benton-Fremont, were assigned by Lincoln to thwart the European invasion of the US during the Civil War. The Confederacy would aid this invasion in the West.

My ex-fiance, Virginia Hambley is kin to Zita and Empress Carlotta, the wife of Maximilian of Mexico. Vigrinia is kin to the founders of the Pan Euro Union. A judge ruled Brexit is not legal. Stefan says Austria may not want this large canvas. He suggested it might belong to Virginia. What I see, is the coming to North America of aspects of the European Union, and the final death of the Monarchies in the Americas. From this death comes the birth of new ideas that have a European flavor that counters the bad taste the Neo-Confederates put in our National Dish to render their enemy impotent. The Union is still their enemy!

The crowned skulls on the Habsburg crypt is chilling.

Jon Presco


LONDON — Activists who want Parliament to have a say in Brexit were celebrating on Thursday after judges ruled that it wasn’t legal for the British government to leave the European Union without consulting its members.

Gina Miller, a business executive and philanthropist, helped to bring the case against the British government, arguing that Prime Minister Theresa May didn’t have the power to start divorce proceedings without consulting members of Parliament, many of whom voted to remain in the E.U.


The oldest European unification movement is the Paneuropean Union, founded in 1923 with the publishment of Richard Nikolaus von Coudenhove-Kalergi‘s book Paneuropa, who also became its first president (1926-1972), followed by Otto von Habsburg (1973-2004) and Alain Terrenoire (2004-). Although this movement did not succeed in preventing the outbreak of the Second World War because of the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and the rise of totalitarian regimes, it led the European nations to the peaceful integration process after the war that resulted in the formation of the European Union. Fathers of the European Union were convinced Paneuropeans, such as Konrad AdenauerRobert Schuman and Alcide De Gasperi. The movement is today still very active in promoting the European identity and common European values, the principles of solidarity and subsidiarity as well as the political, economic and cultural integration of Europe.

Richard Nikolaus Eijiro, Count of Coudenhove-Kalergi[1] (November 16, 1894 – July 27, 1972) was an AustrianJapanese politicianphilosopher and count of Coudenhove-Kalergi. The pioneer of European integration, he served as the founding president of the Paneuropean Union for 49 years which would be the preliminary ideological foundation of the European Union.[2][3] His parents were Heinrich von Coudenhove-Kalergi, an Austro-Hungarian diplomat, and Mitsuko Aoyama, the daughter of an oil merchant, antiques-dealer, and major landowner in Tokyo.[4] His childhood name in Japan was Aoyama Eijiro. He became a Czechoslovak citizen in 1919 and then took French nationality from 1939 until his death.

Coudenhove-Kalergi spent his adolescence on Bohemian family estates in Ronsperg, known today as Poběžovice. His father personally taught his two sons Russian and Hungarian and toughened them both physically and morally. He took them on long walks in all weather, made them sleep on straw mattresses and take cold showers, and taught them to shoot and fence so well that no one would ever dare challenge them.

Aristocratic in his origins and elitist in his ideas, Coudenhove-Kalergi identified and collaborated with such politicians as Engelbert DollfussKurt SchuschniggOtto von HabsburgWinston Churchill, and Charles de Gaulle.[11] His ideal political constituent was a gentleman who must respect and protect ladies, a person adhering to honesty, fair play, courtesy, and rational discourse.[12][13] He strove to replace the nationalist German ideal of racial community with the goal of an ethnically heterogeneous and inclusive European nation based on a commonality of culture[citation needed], a nation whose geniuses were the “great Europeans” such as abbé de Saint-PierreKantNapoleonGiuseppe MazziniVictor Hugo, and Friedrich Nietzsche.


After the annexation of Austria by the Third Reich in 1938, Coudenhove-Kalergi fled to Czechoslovakia, and thence to France. As France fell to Germany in 1940, he escaped to the United States by way of Switzerland and Portugal. When he passed a few days after the successful escape to the United States, he listened to the radio saying the possibility of his death.[33] During the war, he continued his call for the unification of Europe along the Paris-London axis. His wartime politics and peripeties served as the real life basis for fictional Resistance hero Victor Laszlo, the Paul Henreid character in Casablanca. He published his work Crusade for Paneurope in 1944. His appeal for the unification of Europe enjoyed some support from Winston ChurchillAllen Dulles, and “Wild Bill” Donovan.[34] After the announcement of the Atlantic Charter on 14 August 1941, he composed a memorandum entitled “Austria’s Independence in the light of the Atlantic Charter” and sent it to Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In his position statement, Coudenhove-Kalergi took up the goals of the charter and recommended himself as head of government in exile. Both Churchill and FDR distanced themselves from this document. From 1942 until his return to France in 1945, he taught at the New York University, which appointed him professor of history in 1944. At the same university Professor Ludwig von Mises studied currency problems for Coudenhove-Kalergi’s movement.[35] On 22 July 1943, Nazis deprived him of his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Vienna because he was unworthy, even though he was not Jewish.[36] The degree was granted again on 15 May 1955.[36]

Otto von Habsburg[4] (20 November 1912 – 4 July 2011),[5][6] also known by his royal name as Archduke Otto of Austria, was the last Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary from 1916 until the dissolution of the empire in 1919, a realm which comprised modern-day Austria, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, and parts of Italy, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine. He became the pretender to the former thrones, Head of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine, and Sovereign of the Order of the Golden Fleece[7] in 1922, upon the death of his father. He resigned as Sovereign of the Golden Fleece in 2000 and as head of the Imperial House in 2007.

The eldest son of Charles I and IV, the last Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary, and his wife, Zita of Bourbon-Parma, Otto was born as third in line to the thrones, as Archduke Otto of Austria, Royal Prince of Hungary, Bohemia and Croatia.[1][2] With his father’s accession to the thrones in 1916, he was likely to become the Emperor. As his father never abdicated, Otto was considered by himself, his family and Austro-Hungarian legitimists to be the rightful Emperor-King from 1922.[8]


After the German invasion of France in 1940, the family left the French capital and fled to Portugal with a visa issued by Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese consul in Bordeaux.[29] For his own safety, Otto left the European continent for the United States and lived from 1940 to 1944 in Washington, D.C. In 1941, Hitler personally revoked the citizenship of Otto, his mother and his siblings, and the imperial-royal family found themselves stateless.[30]

During his wartime exile in the United States, Otto and his younger brothers were in direct contact with President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the federal government. His efforts to create an “Austrian Battalion” in the United States Army were delayed and never implemented. However, he successfully convinced the U.S. to halt or limit the bombardment of Austrian cities, especially the capital, Vienna,[27] which were consequently delayed by high-ranking commanding personnel; bombardments on Vienna began later in the war (1943). Otto tried hard to set symbolic steps for the will of Austria and Austrians to be free, independent and democratic; he expressed concern that after the war, Austria was in danger of becoming a Soviet satellite state. Otto was commonly known in the U.S. as “Otto of Austria”, trying to keep Austria and its neighbors in the minds of the American people via starting a series of stamps (the Overrun Countries series) containing the German occupied nations of Europe.

He obtained the support of Winston Churchill for a conservative “Danube Federation”, in effect a restoration of Austria-Hungary, but Joseph Stalin put an end to these plans.[23] He lobbied for the recognition of an Austrian government-in-exile, for the rights of the German-speaking population of South Tyrol, against the deportation of the German-speaking inhabitants of Bohemia and eastern Europe, and against letting Stalin rule Eastern Europe.[31][32]

After World War II[edit]

An early advocate of a unified Europe, Otto was president of the International Paneuropean Union from 1973 to 2004.[45] He served from 1979 until 1999 as a Member of the European Parliament for the conservative Christian Social Union of Bavaria (CSU) party, eventually becoming the senior member of the European Parliament. He was also a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.[46] He was a major supporter of the expansion of the European Union from the beginning and especially of the acceptance of Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia. During his time in the European Parliament, he was involved in a fracas with fellow MEP Ian Paisley, a unionist Protestant pastor from Northern Ireland. In 1988, Pope John Paul II had just begun a speech to the Parliament when Paisley, a vehement anti-Catholic, shouted that the Pope was the Antichrist, and held up a poster reading “Pope John Paul II Antichrist”. Otto snatched Paisley’s banner and, along with other MEPs, ejected him from the chamber.[47]

He was one of the men instrumental in organising the so-called Pan-European Picnic at the Hungary-Austria border on 19 August 1989.[5] This event is considered a milestone in the collapse of Communist dictatorships in Europe.[48]

He was reportedly a patron of the Three Faiths Forum, a group which aims to encourage friendship, goodwill and understanding amongst people of the three monotheistic faiths of ChristianityJudaism and Islam in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

Regina was a second cousin of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and a great-great-granddaughter of Princess Feodora of Leiningen, half-sister of Queen Victoria.[1]

Regina held several chivalric orders, including Dame and Supreme Protectress of the Order of the Starry CrossGrand Mistress of the Order of Saint Elizabeth, Dame Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta[1]

On 2 December 2005 she suffered a brain injury and was taken to a hospital in Nancy. Nevertheless, by 22 February 2006 she had recovered sufficiently to participate in the transfer of the remains of her mother and her brother, Anton Ulrich, to the vault of the Veste Heldburg in the churchyard of Heldburg






Vienna is rightly named the “city of music” as home to the most famous composers of musical history: Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven amongst others. But what made Vienna so attractive for young musicians seeking their fortune? Surprisingly, the most important answer is the Hapsburg ruling family itself.

Emperor ventured to lead not only politics but also the artistic life of the Austrian Empire. Ferdinand III (1608-1657), led by his court-scholar Athanasius Kircher, became a composer in his own right. This tradition was sustained by three generation to Charles VI, the father of Maria Theresia (1717-1780). Even while Maria Theresia herself did not write music, she and her many children participated at opera rehearsals and chamber music sessions held at the Imperial Court. In those days, music was an essential part of the general education within the circles of high aristocracy, and also functioned as a crucial mode of courtly representation. The most renowned musicians of their time were invited to perform at Palace Schönbrunn. The young Amadeus Mozart was a famous attractions improvising on the piano while blindfolded at the age of only six. Over centuries, the Habsburgs served not only patrons of music but also as performers and even as creators of it. Walking through the site of the magnificent Hofburg, this fascinating story about this connection will be unraveled.

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Day of the Dead (SpanishDía de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. In 2008, the tradition was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.[1]

The holiday is sometimes called Día de los Muertos[2][3] in Anglophone countries, a back-translation of its original name, Día de Muertos. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico where the day is a public holiday. Prior to Spanish colonization in the 16th century, the celebration took place at the beginning of summer. Gradually, it was associated with October 31, November 1 and November 2 to coincide with the Western Christian triduum of AllhallowtideAll Saints’ EveAll Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day.[4][5] Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skullsmarigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.[6] Visitors also leave possessions of the deceased at the graves.

Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. The holiday has spread throughout the world, being absorbed within other deep traditions for honoring the dead. It has become a national symbol and as such is taught (for educational purposes) in the nation’s schools. Many families celebrate a traditional “All Saints’ Day” associated with the Catholic Church.

People go to cemeteries to be with the souls of the departed and build private altars containing the favorite foods and beverages, as well as photos and memorabilia, of the departed. The intent is to encourage visits by the souls, so the souls will hear the prayers and the comments of the living directed to them. Celebrations can take a humorous tone, as celebrants remember funny events and anecdotes about the departed.[13]

Mexican cempasúchil(marigold) is the traditional flower used to honor the dead

Cempasúchil, alfeñiques and papel picado used to decorate an altar

Plans for the day are made throughout the year, including gathering the goods to be offered to the dead. During the three-day period families usually clean and decorate graves;[12] most visit the cemeteries where their loved ones are buried and decorate their graves with ofrendas (altars), which often include orange Mexican marigolds (Tagetes erecta) called cempasúchil (originally named cempoaxochitlNāhuatl for “twenty flowers”). In modern Mexico the marigold is sometimes called Flor de Muerto (Flower of Dead). These flowers are thought to attract souls of the dead to the offerings.

Toys are brought for dead children (los angelitos, or “the little angels”), and bottles of tequilamezcal or pulque or jars of atole for adults. Families will also offer trinkets or the deceased’s favorite candies on the grave. Some families have ofrendas in homes, usually with foods such as candied pumpkin, pan de muerto(“bread of dead”), and sugar skulls; and beverages such as atole. The ofrendas are left out in the homes as a welcoming gesture for the deceased.[12] Some people believe the spirits of the dead eat the “spiritual essence” of the ofrendas food, so though the celebrators eat the food after the festivities, they believe it lacks nutritional value. Pillows and blankets are left out so the deceased can rest after their long journey. In some parts of Mexico, such as the towns of MixquicPátzcuaro and Janitzio, people spend all night beside the graves of their relatives. In many places, people have picnics at the grave site, as well.

Maximilian (SpanishMaximiliano; born Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph; 6 July 1832 – 19 June 1867) was the only monarch of the Second Mexican Empire. He was a younger brother of the Austrian emperor Francis Joseph I. After a distinguished career in the Austrian Navy, he accepted an offer by Napoleon III of France to rule Mexico. France (along with the United Kingdom and Spain, who both withdrew the following year after negotiating agreements with Mexico’s democratic government) had invaded Mexico in the winter of 1861, as part of the War of the French Intervention. Seeking to legitimize French rule in the Americas, Napoleon III invited Maximilian to establish a new Mexican monarchy for him. With the support of the French army, and a group of conservative Mexican monarchists hostile to the liberal administration of new Mexican President Benito Juárez, Maximilian traveled to Mexico. Once there, he declared himself Emperor of Mexico on 10 April 1864.[2]

The Empire managed to gain recognition by major European powers including Britain, Austria, and Prussia. [3] The United States however, continued to recognize Juarez as the legal president of Mexico. Maximilian never completely defeated the Mexican Republic; Republican forces led by President Benito Juárez continued to be active during Maximilian’s rule. With the end of the American Civil War in 1865, the United States (which had been too distracted by its own civil war to confront the Europeans’ 1861 invasion of what it considered to be its sphere of influence) began more explicit aid of President Juárez’s forces. Matters worsened for Maximilian after the French armies withdrew from Mexico in 1866. His self-declared empire collapsed, and he was captured and executed by the Mexican government in 1867. His wife, Charlotte of Belgium (Carlota), had left for Europe earlier to try to build support for her husband’s regime; after his execution, however, she suffered an emotional collapse and was declared insane.

Maximilian was born on 6 July 1832 in the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, capital of the Austrian Empire.[4][5][6] He was baptized the following day as Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph. The first name honored his godfather and paternal uncle, The King of Hungary and the second honored his maternal grandfather, The King of Bavaria.[7][8]

His father was Archduke Franz Karl, the second surviving son of The Emperor of Austria, during whose reign he was born. Maximilian was thus a member of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine, a female-line cadet branch of the House of Habsburg.[9] His mother was Princess Sophie of Bavaria, a member of the House of Wittelsbach.[10] Intelligent, ambitious and strong-willed, Sophie had little in common with her husband, whom historian Richard O’Conner characterized as “an amiably dim fellow whose main interest in life was consuming bowls of dumplings drenched in gravy.”[11] Despite their different personalities, the marriage was fruitful, and after four miscarriages, four sons—including Maximilian—would reach adulthood.[12]

The subsequent French invasion resulted in the Second Mexican Empire.[a] In Mexico, the French-imposed empire was supported by the Roman Catholic clergy, many conservative elements of the upper class, and some indigenous communities; the presidential terms of Benito Juárez (1858–71) were interrupted by the rule of the Habsburg monarchy in Mexico (1864–67). Conservatives, and many in the Mexican nobility, tried to revive the monarchical form of government (see: First Mexican Empire) when they helped to bring to Mexico an archduke from the Royal House of Austria, Maximilian Ferdinand, or Maximilian I. France had various interests in this Mexican affair, such as seeking reconciliation with Austria, which had been defeated during the Franco-Austrian War of 1859, counterbalancing the growing American Protestant power by developing a powerful Catholic neighboring empire, and exploiting the rich mines in the north-west of the country.

The only daughter of Leopold I, King of the Belgians (1790–1865) by his second wife, LouisePrincess of Orléans (1812–1850), Charlotte was born at the Royal Palace of Laeken in LaekenBrussels, Belgium. Charlotte had three brothers: Louis-Philippe, who died in infancy, Leopold, who on the death of their father became Leopold II of Belgiumand PhilippeCount of Flanders. She was also a first cousin to both Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert, as well as Ferdinand II of Portugal. She belonged to the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

Orléans is the name used by several branches of the Royal House of France, all descended in the legitimate male line from the dynasty‘s founder, Hugh Capet. It became a tradition during France’s ancien régime for the duchy of Orléans to be granted as an appanage to a younger (usually the second surviving) son of the king. While each of the Orléans branches thus descended from a junior prince, they were always among the king’s nearest relations in the male line, sometimes aspiring and sometimes succeeding to the throne itself.

The last cadet branch to hold the ducal title descended from the younger son of Louis XIII of France, and is sometimes known as the “House of Bourbon-Orléans” (Maison de Bourbon-Orléans). From 1709 until the French Revolution the Orléans dukes were next in the order of succession to the French throne after members of the senior branch of the House of Bourbon, descended from Louis XIV.

Louis XIII‘s younger brother and younger son we



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