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Does anyone have any information on the life of Archduchess Assunta of Austria (1902-1993), daughter of Archduke Leopold and Blanca, Infanta of Spain? She was the younger sister of Archduke Anton who married Ileana of Roumania.  Assunta married a Dr. Hopfinger and spent most of her life in the United States.
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Some info from the wonderful book by David McIntosh "The Unkhown Habsburgs" :

"Assunta entered a convent in Barcelona with the intention of becoming a nun, but was forced to flee when the convent was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War in 1936...At the age of 37 Assunta married a Doctor, Joseph Hopfinger, who originated from Galicia. He was Jewish and as remaining in Europe at that time was unsafe, they emigrated to the USA. The couple, who had 2 daughters, Maria Teresa and Elisabeth, divorced in 1950. Assunta spent the rest of her life in Texas and died in San Antonio in 1993."

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Thank you, Svetabel.

Do you have the ISBN# for that book.  I looked but could not locate it.

Thanks again
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Thank you, Svetabel.

Do you have the ISBN# for that book. 

91-973978-0-6

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Are there any pics/photos of the family ?

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In 1946, the Archduchess sued Betina Harding for her portrayal of her as queer, eccentric and immoral in Harding's book The Last Waltz.
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Are there any pics/photos of the family ?

This wonderful book contains two rare pictures of Assunta as an adult. On the first one she is dressed as a nun and on the second one you can see her with her husband Dr. Joseph Hopfinger with whom she had two daughters.
If you compare her pictures to those of her sisters, Assunta was the most beautiful daughter of Leopold and Blanca.

There are also a lot of family pictures showing the ten children of Leopold Salvator - which means Assunta and her siblings - in earlier years. You could have a look at worldroots for example.
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Some info from the wonderful book by David McIntosh "The Unkhown Habsburgs" :

"Assunta entered a convent in Barcelona with the intention of becoming a nun, but was forced to flee when the convent was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War in 1936...At the age of 37 Assunta married a Doctor, Joseph Hopfinger, who originated from Galicia. He was Jewish and as remaining in Europe at that time was unsafe, they emigrated to the USA. The couple, who had 2 daughters, Maria Teresa and Elisabeth, divorced in 1950. Assunta spent the rest of her life in Texas and died in San Antonio in 1993."

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Assunta entered the covent of the Carmelites of the Holy Teresa in Tortosa which is in the southwest of Barcelona in 1924. She stayed there unil the end of 1936 when the nuns had to flee for Roma. Because there were to many nuns in the monasteries, Pope Pius XI. released those who had relatives from their vow.
On 16 (civil) / 17 (religious) September 1939, Assunta married Dr. Joseph Hopfinger in Ouchy in the south of Lausanne (CH). Hopfinger was born on 14 March 1905 as the son of Aron Hopfinger and Sara Rachel Roth. Their daughters are Maria Teresa (born Barcelona, 12 May 1940) and Juliette Elisabeth (born New York, 30 Oktober 1942). Juliette changed her name "Hopfinger" into "Habsburg-Bourbon". Assunta and Hopfinger got divorced in San Antonio on 25 July 1950.
Assunta didn't marry again and died at Saint Teresa's Academy (San Antonio, Texas) on 24 January 1993. She was 90 years old.
After the divorce, Hopfinger married a woman called Helen N. He also changed his name into Joseph Hoppin, but I don't know when. He died at Charleston (South Carolina) on 23 August 1992 aged 87.
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This wonderful book contains two rare pictures of Assunta as an adult.

Forgive me, but two books were mentioned on this thread.

MarieCharlotte, are you referring to The Unknown Hapsburgs or The Last Waltz?

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I wonder what the family situation was like.  Anton is the only one of ten siblings who made an illustrious marriage, and wasn't he working at a gas station at some point?  Another brother became a factory worker in the US.  And it seems I remember reading that Leopold had a grocery store.  Were some of the other daughters nuns?  Did Assunta keep in touch with her royal relations?
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This wonderful book contains two rare pictures of Assunta as an adult.

Forgive me, but two books were mentioned on this thread.

MarieCharlotte, are you referring to The Unknown Hapsburgs or The Last Waltz?



MarieCharlotte refers to The Unknown Hapsburgs. The book is really a rare treasure.

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Some info from the wonderful book by David McIntosh "The Unkhown Habsburgs" :

"Assunta entered a convent in Barcelona with the intention of becoming a nun, but was forced to flee when the convent was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War in 1936...At the age of 37 Assunta married a Doctor, Joseph Hopfinger, who originated from Galicia. He was Jewish and as remaining in Europe at that time was unsafe, they emigrated to the USA. The couple, who had 2 daughters, Maria Teresa and Elisabeth, divorced in 1950. Assunta spent the rest of her life in Texas and died in San Antonio in 1993."

Some additions:
Assunta entered the covent of the Carmelites of the Holy Teresa in Tortosa which is in the southwest of Barcelona in 1924. She stayed there unil the end of 1936 when the nuns had to flee for Roma. Because there were to many nuns in the monasteries, Pope Pius XI. released those who had relatives from their vow.
On 16 (civil) / 17 (religious) September 1939, Assunta married Dr. Joseph Hopfinger in Ouchy in the south of Lausanne (CH). Hopfinger was born on 14 March 1905 as the son of Aron Hopfinger and Sara Rachel Roth. Their daughters are Maria Teresa (born Barcelona, 12 May 1940) and Juliette Elisabeth (born New York, 30 Oktober 1942). Juliette changed her name "Hopfinger" into "Habsburg-Bourbon". Assunta and Hopfinger got divorced in San Antonio on 25 July 1950.
Assunta didn't marry again and died at Saint Teresa's Academy (San Antonio, Texas) on 24 January 1993. She was 90 years old.
After the divorce, Hopfinger married a woman called Helen N. He also changed his name into Joseph Hoppin, but I don't know when. He died at Charleston (South Carolina) on 23 August 1992 aged 87.


Thank you for the infos. I did not know much about Assunta before, was rather concerned with other family members. Are the infos taken from the mentioned book? "The unknown Habsburgs" must be a wonderful book, I have seen and heard about it different times, but I don't have it. I hope I'll get any offer to buy it once! Already the picture on the cover is gorgeous, I think!
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Oh sorry, Prince Christopher! I was refering to The Unknown Hapsburgs - I don't even own the other book! ;-) If you are interested in these two pictures, I can post them, of course.

Britt, I got the information from one of Alois Jahn's books. I think we've talked about them before.
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Archduchess Assunta's granddaughter wrote a memoir of her grandmother  for the EUROPEAN ROYAL HISTORY JOURNAL. It was published by us about 4 years ago...a very nice and touching reminiscence.

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Re: Archduke Leopold Salvator of Tuscany (1863-1931),his family and descendants
« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2008, 05:22:47 PM »
Franz Josef Karl Leopold Blanka Adelgunde Ignatius Raphael Michael Vero (Vienna 4 Feb 1905-Hernstein 9 May 1975); m.1st (morganatically) London 22 Jul 1937 (div) Maria Aloisa Baumer (Vienna 30 Mar 1906-Vienna 9 Mar 1987); m.2d (morganatically) Zürich 21 Jan 1962 Maria Elena Seunig, Cdsa de Basus (Triest 7 Sep 1925-Baden nr Vienna 20 Aug 1994)

Can somebody help me out here, please? I have pictures of him, and of both his wife, the only problem is, it is the same picture! ;-) on one it says it is his first wife and on the other one it says it is his second, well if they were not identical twins it's ratheer difficult to figure out ;-)

Anybody has pictures of the ladies?

Thanks!!!