Hitler and the Habsburgs: The Fuhrer's Vendetta Against the Austrian Royals

Hitler and the Habsburgs: The Fuhrer's Vendetta Against the Austrian Royals

by James Longo

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A stunning work of narrative history revealing how and why Adolf Hitler targeted the children of the assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, making the Archduke's sons the first two Austrians deported to the Dachau concentration camp, and how the family fought back

Five youthful years in Vienna. It was then and there that Adolf Hitler's obsession with the Habsburg Imperial family became the catalyst for his vendetta against a vanished empire, a dead archduke, and his royal orphans. That hatred drove Hitler's rise to power and led directly to the tragedy of the Second World War and the Holocaust.


The royal orphans of Archduke Franz Ferdinand-offspring of an upstairs-downstairs marriage that scandalized the tradition-bound Habsburg Empire-came to personify to Adolf Hitler, and others, all that was wrong about modernity, the twentieth century, and the Habsburg's multi-ethnic, multi-cultural Austro-Hungarian Empire. They were outsiders in the greatest family of royal insiders in Europe, which put them on a collision course with Adolf Hitler.


As he rose to power Hitler's hatred toward the Habsburgs and their diverse empire fixated on Franz Ferdinand's sons, who became outspoken critics and opponents of the Nazi party and its racist ideology. When Germany seized Austria in 1938, they were the first two Austrians arrested by the Gestapo, deported to Germany, and sent to Dachau. Within hours they went from palace to prison. The women in the family, including the Archduke's only daughter Princess Sophie Hohenberg, declared their own war on Hitler. Their tenacity and personal courage in the face of betrayal, treachery, torture, and starvation sustained the family during the war and in the traumatic years that followed.


Through a decade of research and interviews with the descendants of the royal Habsburgs, scholar James Longo explores the roots of Hitler's determination to destroy the family of the dead Archduke. And he uncovers the family members' courageous fight against the Führer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635764765
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 298,373
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

James Longo is Professor of Education and Education Department Chair at Washington & Jefferson College. He is a former Fulbright Scholar, Distinguished Chair of the Gender and Women’s Study Program at Alpen-Adrian University in Austria, and has lectured throughout Europe and America. His 2008 book, Isabel Orleans-Braganza: The Brazilian Princess Who Freed the Slaves was nominated for the Yale University Gilda Lehman Frederick Douglass Book Prize for the “most outstanding non-fiction book in English on the subject of slavery and abolition.” He lives in Washington, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Hitler at the Hotel Imperial, 1938 1

Chapter 2 The Artist, the Archduke, and the Emperor 11

Chapter 3 Can This Be a Jew? 19

Chapter 4 The Lion and the Lamb 31

Chapter 5 The Granite Foundation 43

Chapter 6 The Spy, the Draft Dodger, and the Peacemaker 54

Chapter 7 Fate 64

Chapter 8 Inscrutable Destiny 75

Chapter 9 A Kind of Dull Cataleptic State 88

Chapter 10 Exiles 102

Chapter 11 The Most Golden Tongued of Demagogues 112

Chapter 12 Impending Horrors 123

Chapter 13 One Blood Demands One Reich 133

Chapter 14 Witches Sabbath 144

Chapter 15 Duel 155

Chapter 16 Bargain with the Devil 168

Chapter 17 The Eleventh Commandment 179

Chapter 18 Apocalypse 188

Chapter 19 The Whole Country Was As If Under a Spell 196

Chapter 20 Phantoms and Patriots 207

Chapter 21 Answered and Unanswered Prayers 218

Chapter 22 The Good Fight 228

Chapter 23 The Destiny of One Family 235

Acknowledgments 243

Notes 245

Bibliography 287

Index 303

About the Author 315

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