Robert E. Lee and I are in the family tree of this amazing family that is debating about getting its castles back that Hitler took from them, and then, the Soviet Union. This is an incredible story of a real Lost Kingdom that the Rosamond and Wilson family are a part of. So are the Bentons!
My first history book will be titled ‘Gone To Hartwell’ which could be a euphuism for ‘Gone Nuts’. The reason I love doing genealogies, is because 86% percent of the royals are nuts! Flawed and Crazy People have made 99% percent our history.
John Presco1425-1492Marriage: 1445Canongate, Midlothian, ScotlandLady Ada Antoinette Erasmus1430-1489Children (3)
Prince Felix of Schwarzenberg (German: Felix Prinz zu Schwarzenberg; 2 October 1800 – 5 April 1852) was a Bohemian nobleman and an Austrian statesman who restored the Habsburg Empire as a European great power following the Revolutions of 1848. He served as Minister-President of the Austrian Empire and Foreign Minister of the Austrian Empirefrom 1848 to 1852.
Karel Schwarzenberg is the Prince of Schwarzenberg, Duke of Krumlov, former first Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and honorary Chairman of Top 09 party. Schwarzenberg was also a Member of the Senate of the Czech Parliament and a candidate for the President of the Czech Republic in the 2013 presidential election. He is noted as a pro-European member of the center-right governing coalition.
Schwarzenberg’s family, who once ranked among the oldest and wealthiest aristocrats in Central Europe, had to leave the Czechoslovakia after the Communist coup of 1948. He spent most of his adult life in Austria to plot against communism. He is a great proponent of human rights and has been for his entire life. In 1989, he was awarded, together with Lech Wałesa, the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Award. Lan Anh Vu sat down with Schwarzenberg to learn more about his political life, the challenges he faced and his advice for young people across the world when it comes to pursuing a career in politics.
As told to Lan Anh Vu
My Career in Politics
In my early childhood, I was an observer of politics. In 1948, when the Communists took over, I was ten years old when I had to leave the Czechoslovakia and move to Austria. When I went to the school in Vienna to study law, I engaged in some political activities and became active in promoting human rights. At Munich university where I studied Graz and forestry, I was elected to student government. Due to the early death of my adoptive father, Jindrich Schwarzenberg, I had to cut my studies short and start managing the family properties.
From 1984 to 1991, I became president of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights. I pushed for human rights in Europe and was negotiating the question of human rights in the former USSR, Bulgaria, Kosovo and the Czech Republic.
When the Communist regime fell in 1989 , I returned to live in the Czechoslovakia and work for the late President Vaclav Havel. In 1990, I was appointed as the Chancellor of the Office of the President.
Some people told me I should become a senator. I first ran in the senate elections in 2002 and was unsuccessful, and in 2004 I ran again, succeeded and was elected a senator. Three years later, I became the foreign minister of the Czech Republic. Politics has been a constant part of my life ever since childhood.
My whole life I fought for liberty and democracy. I always thought that if you had opportunities ahead, you have responsibilities and should do something for your country.
I claim I am a member of the House of Schwarzenberg. The Wilson, Webb, and Rosamond family constitute the British and American Line. The British-American Alliance spent treasure, and shed blood opposing the tyrants who enslaved the Bohemian Czech people. I implore the artwork belonging to the House of Schwarzenberg, be returned.
House of Schwarzenberg
Arms of the Princes of Schwarzenberg
|Founder||Erkinger VI of Seinsheimaka Erkinger I of Schwarzenberg
|Current head||HSH Prince Karl of Schwarzenberg|
|Final ruler||Joseph II, 6th Prince of Schwarzenberg
|Motto||NIL NISI RECTUM|
(NOTHING BUT THE RIGHT)
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