View Full Version : Czech Constitutional Court Refuses to Return Chateaus to Pezold

Thursday, October 30th, 2008, 07:26 PM
Brno - The Czech Constitutional Court rejected a complaint by Elisabeth Pezold, heiress of the Schwarzenberg noble family, claiming Cesky Krumlov and Hluboka chateaus, south Bohemia, according to the court´s database.

Pezold challenged a law from 1947 based on which the two UNESCO-listed chateaus and other real estate in the area have become state property.

She claims that the law was at variance of the then Czechoslovak constitution and its only reason was political persecution of the Schwarzenberg family.

Pezold has already filed a number os suits with Czech courts, but she has failed so far.

The second, Orlik branch, of the Schwarzenberg family, represented by current Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, has regained its immense property in the Czech Republic in restitution proceedings.

Pezold considers the step unjust, arguing that Adolf Schwarzenberg was well known as an opponent of Nazism.

Experts now estimate the value of the confiscated property of the Hluboka branch of the Schwarzenberg family at 40 billion crowns.

The Hluboka branch of the family owned the estates of Hluboka, Cesky Krumlov, Lovosice, Postoloprty, Protivin, Vimperk and Trebon at the beginning of the 20th century.

The property was confiscated by the Nazis in 1940. Adolf Schwarzenberg left for exile from which he never returned after WWII. He died abroad in 1950.

After the war, his property was subject to "national administration," and the agricultural land and premises were confiscated on the basis of the post-war Benes decrees that provided for the confiscation of the property of collaborators, traitors, ethnic Germans and Hungarians, except for those who themselves suffered under the Nazis.

($1=18.698 crowns)


Thursday, October 30th, 2008, 08:08 PM
The Schwartzenbergs might have a right to the tourist trap of Hluboka, but if Krumlov or Trebon were to be restituted to anyone, it should be to those great patrons of alchemy, the Rozmberks, though that is unlikely as their lineage has been lost. I won't get into the question of the loyalties of the Schwartzenbergs in the mid twentieth century because their real betrayal of Bohemia was in the 30 years war after the battle of Bila Hora when all that was great and distinct in Southern Bohemian culture was handed over to them. Bohemia became a backwater under a Catholic dictatorship that left a population passive enough to later be submissive to Communism.