80,000 "blue blooders" in Germany
Many descendants of the once expelled noble families are not only committed to heritage, but also to business, science, culture and society
by Thomas Volgmann
According to estimates by the Association of German Aristocratic Associations (VdDA), there are around 80,000 "blue blooders" nationwide - but only a few of them live in eastern Germany. The head of the office, Claudia Becker, has no specific information. "There are no statistics, and certainly not according to regions, that identify the nobility," said the head of the German Aristocratic Foundation, Christoph Franke. There is a lack of reliable figures. Also because the stand was abolished in 1919 with the Weimar constitution. The former titles are only part of the name. Although there is also resentment, a “from” opens some doors more easily in the east.
Many descendants of the once expelled noble families are not only committed to heritage, but also to business, science, culture and society. They bought and leased old property - only a few got it back -, renovated manor houses and castles, rebuilt businesses, sometimes against resistance. They are farmers and foresters or winemakers, sit in parliaments, run museums and organize cultural festivals. Families who have given up their mostly well-off life in the West are isolated cases, said Becker. "Often people kept both homes." According to Martina Weyrauch, director of the Brandenburg State Center for Political Education, most of them do not live a sealed off life. Rather, the families felt committed to the community and were part of the cultural history of Brandenburg and Germany. "They accept this responsibility." The majority work in secret, move things primarily in the social area, according to the saying "nobility obliges".
It's always about sustainability, ”said Alexandra Princess to the lip. Family history is often the motivation to return. "You see yourself as the administrator of property and property." In the service of the family, it is important to preserve this property and pass it on to the next generation in an orderly manner.