HABSBURG DIES ON INDEPENDENCE
Richard Salbato – July 5, 2011
The son of Blessed Karl Von Habsburg has
died. I suppose only I would find great significance to the fact that he died
on July 4th, America’s
Independence Day. Years ago, when I was trying to find out how the world could
possibly have a “period of peace” as promised at Fatima, I concluded that only America could
do that. However, all the prophesied
that had anything to do with this peace talked about a “Great Monarch” and gave
his blood lines. The prophets claimed this man would bring the world back to
peace after a great world wide Third War.
I concluded that just like the first two
World Wars, it would be America
that came to his help and end this greatest of all wars. However, I could not
find this great Monarch for many years and when I did he turned out to be a
great saint, who died on April Fools Day, 1922.
I concluded that from Karl Von Habsburg would
come this Great Monarch and that would mean Otto and his children. So I have
followed Otto all these years including going to his home in Starnberg.
My belief in The Great Monarch and the
“period of peace” led me to understand why Our Lady of America was
so important to God’s plans. If you study Fatima,
the prophesied of the Monarch, and the messages of Our Lady of Fatima, you can
come to no other conclusion. This makes the date of Otto Von Habsburg’s death
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Otto’s Life and death.
Archduke Otto von Habsburg, who died on July
4 aged 98, began his public life as the infant Crown Prince of the
multinational Austro-Hungarian Empire, and ended it as Father of the multinational
neatly closed circle lay all the major political dramas of the 20th century,
most of which he witnessed and some of which he influenced. He was centre stage
for one of them — the unequal struggle against Hitler for the survival of his
Austrian homeland, which he tried to conduct as an exiled Pretender in the
1930s. Not for nothing did the Führer call the
triumphant march-in of March 12 1938 “Operation Otto”.
All that seemed
unimaginable to the world in which young Otto, as he was known, started life
during the deceptively tranquil Indian summer of the 650-year-old Habsburg
monarchy. He was born third in line to the throne on November 12 1912 in the
small Vienna palace of Hetzendorf and christened with
a string of names demonstrating that the blood of all the Roman Catholic royal
families of Europe flowed in his veins: Franz Josef Otto Robert Maria Anton
Karl Max Heinrich Sixtus Xavier Felix Renatus Ludwig Gaetan Pius
His father, the
Archduke Karl, was a great-nephew of the ruling Emperor Franz Josef, and was
then serving as an infantry major-commander at the regimental barracks in the
capital. His mother was the former Princess Zita of
Bourbon-Parma, and their marriage the year before had been that rare event in a
dynasty plagued with so many matrimonial mishaps and misalliances — a happy
union of two people perfectly matched in attractiveness, temperament and
lineage. Their firstborn was to follow the prescription almost to the letter in
his own marriage 38 years later.
At the time of
his birth, the 11-nation monarchy still seemed safe, if somewhat wobbly, and
his own time at its helm still fairly distant. One Viennese newspaper hailed
the newborn prince as the future monarch who “according to the human calculations,
will be called upon to steer the future of Europe
in the last quarter of the 20th century”.
assassination at Sarajevo
on June 28 1914 of the heir apparent, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, alongside his
morganatic wife, put a brusque end to all such calculations. Indeed, the First
World War which broke out six weeks later was to spell the doom of Europe’s continental empires, that
of the Habsburgs included.
through the war, in the early hours of November 22 1916, the old emperor Franz
Josef, who had ruled for a record-breaking 68 years, died at last.
An era, as well
as a reign, was over, but the succession was smooth. Otto’s father
automatically became the new emperor, and he, aged four, the new Crown Prince.
His first ceremonial appearance came on November 30 1916 when he walked, a tiny
figure in a white fur-trimmed tunic, between his parents behind the hearse of
the late ruler at the great funeral procession in the capital.
A month later
he was greeted with wild enthusiasm by the monarchy’s Magyar subjects when his
father was crowned in Budapest
as the new King of Hungary. The official photograph shows the young boy,
dressed in ermine and velvet with a great white feather in his cap, sitting
between his parents in their ornate coronation robes.
retained vague memories of those events, but these became much sharper when,
two years later, the monarchy collapsed under the combined pressure of domestic
upheaval and defeat on the battlefield.
of November 1918 saw him and his siblings stranded in a royal shooting lodge
where an armed revolution had broken out. They were rescued by one of their
Bourbon uncles, Prince René, who smuggled them across the border to rejoin
their parents in the Schonbrunn Palace of Vienna.
Otto had a child’s eye view of the collapse of the monarchy, abandoned by the
aristocracy it had created.
On November 11
1918 the Emperor Karl, though not formally abdicating, “renounced participation
in the affairs of state”. That same night they fled the deserted palace,
heading at first for Eckartsau, their privately owned
shooting lodge 40 miles north-east of the capital.
there passed fairly calmly, but by the spring their tiny self-styled “court”
was under threat from Left-wing agitators. (Austria
had promptly declared itself a Republic after their flight from Vienna.)
now was not a family member but a British Army officer — Lieutenant-Colonel
Edward Strutt, dispatched on the personal authority
of King George V with orders to escort the beleaguered Austrian emperor and his
family to safety. This Strutt accomplished in some
style, reassembling their royal train for the journey into Switzerland on
March 25 1919. Otto never forgot the experience. Whenever he heard in later
life complaints about British indifference to the Habsburgs’ fate he would
reply: “Yes, but there was always Strutt.”
The two and a
half years of their Swiss exile were marked by the two attempts of the
ex-Emperor to regain his Hungarian crown. Both were blocked in Budapest by Miklos
Horthy, who had now ensconced himself in power as Regent. After the ignominious failure of the second restoration bid the family
were exiled by the allied powers to Madeira, where Karl died, a broken man, on
April 1 1922. That same day the nine-year-old Otto heard himself addressed
as “Your Majesty” by the tiny household-in-exile. To the end of his days he
remembered the shock it gave him: “Now it was my turn.”
protection of their kinsman, King Alfonso XIII of Spain, the family moved to Lequeitio on the Spanish Basque coast. Otto remembered the
seven years they spent there as their most tranquil time of exile. They were
also, for him, the most hardworking. Under the strict supervision of his mother
he took, under various tutors, the Matura (roughly, English A-levels) in both
German and Hungarian. His further education was also the motive for their next
move — to the gloomy castle of Hams at Steenokkerzeel, in Belgium, so that Otto could take his degree at
the nearby university
of Louvain. It was at
Hams that Otto reached his 18th birthday and was duly declared, in a family
ceremony with few outside guests, “in his own right sovereign and head of the
that title appeared, it was enough to impress the Austrian-born Adolf Hitler,
who was manoeuvring to seize power in Germany. When
in the winter of 1931-32 the young Pretender spent a few months studying in
Berlin Hitler twice suggested a meeting.
invitation came from Prince August Wilhelm of Prussia, the dim-witted Nazi son of
the exiled Kaiser, and the second via Goering himself. Otto refused both times on the spurious excuse that he had not come to Berlin to discuss
politics (in fact, he was doing nothing but). Hitler was incensed by the snub
and it touched off a six-year battle between the two men for the fate of their
The climax was
reached in February and March of 1938 when a Nazi takeover in Vienna seemed imminent, prompting a
short-lived show of defiance from the Austrian Chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg — a
monarchist at heart but without the strength of his convictions. His
vacillation prompted a remarkably courageous offer from the young Pretender to
return from exile to take over the reins of government in order to repel
Hitler. Schuschnigg dithered but eventually rejected the idea — perhaps just as
well for Otto, who was already high on the Gestapo’s wanted list.
He had moved
close to the top of that list by the time, two years after the Anschluss, that
German armies swept into France
The exiled Habsburgs got away from Hams only a few hours before Goering’s
bombers attacked the castle, and then they joined the vast stream of refugees
heading south. They eventually reached Lisbon,
where they were still being hounded by the Gestapo. President Roosevelt (whom
Otto had met in Washington just before the
fall of France) then honoured his offer of “hospitality in an emergency” and
they were all flown by Clipper seaplane to the United States.
As Otto von
Habsburg later admitted, he wasted far too much energy during those wartime
years in America
on the faction-fighting among Austrian refugee groups instead of concentrating
on the broader political picture. But, thanks largely to his personal ties with
the President, he was able to repair the image of Austria
so tarnished by its supine surrender to Hitler in the Anschluss.
And, in the last months of the war, he worked closely with the White House in
the vain attempt to lure Horthyite Hungary over to
the Allied side.
he met at the Quebec Conference, warmly supported the vision of a post-war
conservative federation in Central Europe.
Stalin put paid to those visions, however, and it was to a Communist-controlled Danube
Basin that Otto returned
in the spring of 1945.
He made a brief
foray into Western Austria but was expelled by the reborn
Austrian Republic, which had reaffirmed the
anti-Habsburg legislation of 1919. He then faced a personal crisis — without a
valid passport, a home or any regular income. He solved the last problem by
embarking on a career as a journalist and public lecturer. This was exhausting
but highly remunerative and, within five years, he had paid off all his wartime
debts and was enjoying a comfortable income.
He could now
think of finding a home and founding a family. The ideal partner appeared by
chance in 1950, when he visited a refugee centre near Munich. Working there as a nurse was Princess Regina of Sachsen-Meiningen, herself a refugee whose father, Duke George
III, had died in a Soviet concentration camp. The ideally-matched couple were
married a year later and settled in a comfortable villa at Pocking, near Lake Starnberg in Bavaria. Their first five children were all girls, and
it was not until 1961 that the birth of Karl Thomas, the first of two sons,
assured the line of direct succession.
Otto to renounce his own dynastic claims and pursue what had long fascinated
him, a full-time career in politics. He acquired dual German-Austrian
nationality, and in 1979 was elected to the European Parliament as Christian Democrat member for North
Bavaria. There he stayed for the next 20 years, becoming the
highly regarded Father of the House and its only member to have been born
before the First World War.
He proved an
accomplished debater with a fluent command of seven European languages. Though
he spoke on a variety of topics, his abiding theme was the need to bridge the
East-West division of the continent and ultimately to bring all the nations of
the old monarchy within the new European Union. He continued to work
successfully at this even after his retirement, using the pan-European movement
as his principal platform. He had been the president ever since the death of its
founder, Count Coudenhove-Kalergi, in 1972.
On October 3 2004, Pope John
Paul II beatified Otto’s father, Emperor Karl. It was an important event in
Otto von Habsburg’s life, and one that perhaps softened the blow that had
occurred five years earlier.
He had hoped
that his son Karl would carry on the Habsburg name in the European Parliament,
but in 1999 the young archduke — who had been sitting alongside his famous
father as a Right-wing member for Western Austria — was dropped by his party
after a controversy over the financing of his campaign funds. A subsequent
attempt to launch Karl on to the Austrian domestic political scene proved a
dire, if gallant, failure.
Otto von Habsburg’s wife, the Archduchess Regina, died in February