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Offline Ildiko

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Rudolf's daughter Elisabeth called "Erzsi" was brought up by her mother and grandfather Emperor Franz Josef who whoreshipped her.
Her relationship with her mother became very distant when she married in 1900 Count Elemer Lonyay. Erzsi didn't consider it a proper marriage and felt that her mother betrayed her father. In 1902 she married Prince Otto zu Windisch-Graetz, who was also not suitable for an Archduchess. He was originally engagement to another woman, but Erzsi didn't give up and in the Franz Josef had to command Otto to marry his
granddaughter.
Four children were born from this marriage: Franz Josef (1904-1981), his wife Ghislaine d'Arschot Schoonhoven wrote a biograhpy about her mother in law (Kaiseradler und Rote Nelken),  Ernst Weriand (1905-1952), Rudolf (1907-1939) he died in a motorcar accident and Stephanie *1909 who was most likely the daughter of the Marine Officer Egon Lerch who in action in the Frist World War.
Erzsi was very jealous of other woman and once even shot on one with her pistol, to avoid a scandal the woman was given money.
Like her grandmother the Empress Erzsi liked to travel and Franz Josef did the same as with his wife and gave her money to build/ buy some palace in Austria. Erzsi bought Schloss Schönau which had originally belonged to her uncle Archduke Otto.
In 1924 Erszi and Otto divorced and she met the Austrian Socialist Leopold Petznek. She became a fighter for the Socialists and their cause and was known as the "Red Archduchess". Originally the court granted Erzsi the two elder sons, while the younger son and daughter should live with Otto. But when he came to her home to take the children, Erzsi had invited new friends from the Socialists and told Otto that she would shot herself and the children if he didn't move. Well he did.
Her mother Stephanie wrote her memoirs (I shoudl've been Empress-Memoirs of the last Crownprincess of Austria-Hungary), but Erzsi forbade them to be published, as she felt it a betrayal for her father.
While young Erzsi whoreshipped her children, but was a very unfriendly mother when they became older. Rudoulf was taken out of school and put in a factory. Like when other people he lost all money during the depressions, but Erzsi didn't give him or her other children one cent.
In 1948 Erzsi married Leopold Petznek, who had survived the concentration camp in Dachau. Leopold Petznek died in 1956 and Erzsi in 1963. Her children only got the legal portion while the rest went to the Austrian Government.
There's a book about Erzsi by Friedrich Weissensteiner: Die Rote Erzherzogin, but I think it's only available in German
« Last Edit: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM by Ildiko »

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Re: Archduchess Elisabeth 'Erzi', Otto Windisch-Graetz and their family
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2005, 07:25:27 AM »
The daughter of Archduchess Elisabeth Marie of Austria, granddaughter of Crown Prince Rudolf and great-granddaughter of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria and Leopold II. of Belgium has died (7th September). She was born on 9th July 1909 in Castle Ploschkowitz as the 4th child and first daughter of Prinz Otto zu Windisch-Graetz and his wife Elisabeth, née Archduchess of Austria. Her full name was Stephanie Eleonore Maria Elisabeth Kamilla Philomena Veronika. As the marriage of her parents proved rocky and was finally divorced, Stephanie and her brothers moved with their mother into the castle Schönau in Lower Austria. In 1933, she married the Belgian count Pierre d´Alcantara de Querrieu (1907-1944, died in the Concentr. camp Oranienburg) and in 1935 their only child, Alvar, was born. However, the pair seperated in the late 1930s. Some years later, Stephanie met the Swedish businessman Carl Axel Björklund and fell in love with him. In 1944, she gave birth to her second son Björn. The pair married in 1945. Stephanie was a passionate photographer and painter and some of her arts were shown in galleries in Belguim.
Stephanie as a young girl with her brother Rudolf:
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Re: Archduchess Elisabeth 'Erzi', Otto Windisch-Graetz and their family
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2005, 01:01:48 PM »

Have somebody some picture about Stephanie as an adult?

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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2005, 06:42:13 AM »
I was lucky going through my uncle´s archive and found this clipping (without a mention of the source). According to the clipping Stéphanie was called Fée. The male figure is her husband Carl Axel Björklund, who represented the Swedish company Stora (Kopparberg) in Belgium. The boy is Björn. Sorry for being fussy, but her first husband was named Pierre d´Alcantara after the Spanish saint.

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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2005, 07:01:04 AM »
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I was lucky going through my uncle´s archive and found this clipping (without a mention of the source). According to the clipping Stéphanie was called Fée. The male figure is her husband Carl Axel Björklund, who represented the Swedish company Stora (Kopparberg) in Belgium. The boy is Björn. Sorry for being fussy, but her first husband was named Pierre d´Alcantara after the Spanish saint.

Wow, Wettin! It´s nearly impossible to find a pic of the adult Stéphanie! Thanks sooo much for posting it! Did you find it in Sweden?
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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2005, 01:20:42 PM »
No, I found it in Germany. I live in both countries.

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Re: Archduchess Elisabeth 'Erzi', Otto Windisch-Graetz and their family
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2005, 04:33:00 PM »
and another one of Prss Stephanie....a real glam-pic!

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Re: Archduchess Elisabeth 'Erzi', Otto Windisch-Graetz and their family
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2005, 06:41:31 PM »
Here she looks like a Holywood actress!

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« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2005, 06:41:56 PM »
I meant Hollywood!

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Re: Archduchess Elisabeth 'Erzi', Otto Windisch-Graetz and their family
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2005, 03:55:18 AM »
Hey! I´m very interested in this woman and her life! What is known about her childhood, life at the Austrian court, marriage, children, love affairs, life in the republic, 2nd marriage etc.? I have read she was Franz Joseph´s favourite and most beautful granddaughter, is this true? And if somebody has pics of her...? ;)
One pic I have found
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Re: Archduchess Elisabeth 'Erzi', Otto Windisch-Graetz and their family
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2005, 04:02:52 AM »
Hi, in "Recollections of a royal governess (ed. 1915)" you'll find many details about her childhood. Also her daughter in law, princess Ghislaine de Windisch-Graetz, wrote a book about her, that's only available in French and German. Kind regards from Belgium, Joseph van Loon.

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Re: Archduchess Elisabeth 'Erzi', Otto Windisch-Graetz and their family
« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2005, 05:37:02 AM »
There´s a new book about Erzsi by F. Weissensteiner out now:

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Re: Archduchess Elisabeth 'Erzi', Otto Windisch-Graetz and their family
« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2005, 08:29:36 AM »
a glamourous Elisabeth Marie


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Re: Archduchess Elisabeth 'Erzi', Otto Windisch-Graetz and their family
« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2005, 05:29:55 AM »
Elisabeth´s first husband, Prince Otto zu Windisch-Graetz

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« Reply #14 on: October 02, 2005, 06:43:35 AM »
She was quite an original!