Maximilian Egon II, Prince of Fürstenberg

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Maximilian Egon II, Prince of Fürstenberg (13 October 1863 – 11 August 1941) was a German landowner, investor and nobleman who was head of the House of Fürstenberg.

Prince of Fürstenberg

Maximilian Egon II
Prince of Fürstenberg

Photograph of Max Egon II, 1890s
Head of the House of Fürstenberg
Tenure 1896–1941
Predecessor Karl Egon IV
Successor Karl Egon V
Born Maximilian Egon Christian Karl Aloys Emil Leo Richard Anton
(1863-10-13)13 October 1863
Died 11 August 1941(1941-08-11) (aged 77)
Spouse Countess Irma von Schönborn-Buchheim
Issue Karl Egon V, Prince of Fürstenberg
Princess Leotina
Princess Anna
Prince Maximilian Egon
Prince Friedrich Eduard
Marie-Louise-Auguste von Almey
House Fürstenberg
Father Prince Maximilian Egon of Fürstenberg
Mother Countess Leontina von Khevenhüller-Metsch

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Born as Prince Maximilian Egon Christian Karl Aloys Emil Leo Richard Anton zu Fürstenberg, he was the son of Prince Maximilian Egon zu Fürstenberg and his wife, Countess Leontina von Khevenhüller-Metsch. He had a younger brother, born in 1867, named Prince Karl Emil Egon zu Fürstenberg.[1]

Max Egon II. zu Fürstenberg medal, 1933

A close friend and adviser of Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany,[2] Max of Fürstenberg inherited territorial titles in Prussia, Austria, Hungary, Württemberg and Baden, and by virtue of them had a seat in the House of Lords in each of the five states.[3] Until the First World War, he was vice-president of the Prussian House of Lords.[4]

His principal residence was at Donaueschingen, near the source of the Danube, where he owned a castle and great deer forests.[5] Emperor Wilhelm II frequently visited him there, and Max invariably accompanied the Emperor on his hunting expeditions and Norwegian trips. As well as his vast ancestral forests, he also owned coal mines, hotels and breweries.[6]

Although he was a member of the high Roman Catholic Uradel who had long stood aloof from party politics, after meeting Adolf Hitler and Ernst Roehm in November 1933, Max became enthusiastic about Hitler’s leadership, commenting that “It was wonderful, to be able to meet such a great man”.[2]

The same year, 1933, he joined the Nazi Party and the SA. In 1938, he was appointed to the rank of Standartenführer.[7]

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