Baroness Anna von Waldenfels (née Klopp) – Part IX

Georg von Waldenfels and his Great Ambition

The Nazi and his Shattered Dreams

Considering the massive amount of available information, I had right from the outset limited the scope of our family history to my wife’s and my grandparents and their children, our uncles and aunts, to our own stories and those of our children. As reported earlier my grandparents on the paternal side had 16 children, of whom my father Ernst Klopp was the youngest. My aunt Anna von Waldenfels (née Klopp) was the eighth child, who is the focus of the present series. So in view of this massive undertaking there is no time to deal with all the other children.

However, with Anna’s son Georg von Waldenfels I would like to make an exception, the reason being to avoid being accused of leaving out embarrassing details about one black sheep in the family, whose greed and ambition for fame and gain made him a follower of the Nazi regime. On the basis of documented files, which my cousin Eberhard Klopp had gathered from various government and archival sources, I tried to put together and to highlight Georg’s ‘achievements and failures’, which will clearly identify him as the black sheep of the family.

  • Early member of the Nazi party.
  • Known to disrupt meetings of other parties, especially speakers of the socialist and communist parties in pubs and other public places through rude and bullying tactics.
  • It was during this period that his marriage with Emilia (née von Zychlinsky fell apart and ended in divorce.
  • Emilie could not stand that the Lagowitz castle had become the centre and breeding ground for National Socialism (Nazi), all the more when she realized that her husband wholeheartedly embraced the new movement and supported it with vim and vigour.
  • Even Georg’s mother Anna von Waldenfels regretted the end of their relationship, although she was fully aware of her son’s conduct, which destroyed the earlier solid foundations of her son’s marriage.
  • One day after Hitler’s rise to power on February 1, 1933 Georg became member of the infamous SS with the number 147,781.
  • It is still difficult to see through the maze-like complexity of the SS organizational structure. Heinrich Himmler, the Reich’s leader of the SS, created one sub-organization after an another with various fanciful names to camouflage his intent to turn the SS into his own personal empire by enlisting as many members as possible with no regard to any military background and experience.
  • This may explain why Georg found easy access to the SS in view of his non-military background as estate manager.
  • But a career as a military high ranking officer seemed impossible under the given personal circumstances.
  • A fateful chance encounter in Berlin with the like-minded commander of Hitler’s body guard unit “Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler” and friendship with this notoriously rambunctious leader removed the obstacles to Georg’s military career in a jiffy.

To be continued next Friday …

12 comments

  1. Stella, oh, Stella · June 28

    I guess there was one like him in almost every family …

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  2. Edda · June 28

    Für mich wird das jetzt richtig interessant,denn gerade dieses Thema haben wir in der ehemaligen DDR in der Schule jahrelang in den verschiedensten Fächern immer wieder bearbeitet…

    Liked by 1 person

    • Peter Klopp · June 29

      In meiner Schulzeit spielte dieses Thema eine untergeordnete Rolle. Wir hatten wenig von der sogenannten unbewältigten Vergangenheit gelernt.

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  3. Amy · June 28

    I guess my disdain for Georg will only grow as I learn more about his Nazi involvement.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Peter Klopp · June 29

      And rightly so.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Amy · June 29

        Hard to “like” this, but I do like that you are honest about your flawed relatives.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Peter Klopp · June 30

        There is one like him in most families. We call them opportunists. They don’t follow their conscience, but rather take the path to riches and fame, even it means to sell their souls.

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  4. Steve Schwartzman · June 29

    Human nature being what it is, there will unfortunately always be some people who want to oppress other people.

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    • Peter Klopp · June 29

      The history of mankind is filled with frightening examples of this fact. Greed for money and fame is the cause for most problems past and present. Thank you, Steve, for your insightful comment!

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  5. Ann Coleman · June 30

    Wow! I can certainly see why Georg was the black sheep of the family. It really is scary to see how much damage can be done when we allow greed and a lust for power to rule our lives. Thanks for sharing this…we need to learn from the past, I think….and I look forward to learning more in the nest post!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Peter Klopp · June 30

      If we don’t learn individually or collectively from the past, we are doomed to repeat its mistakes.

      Liked by 2 people

  6. Ankur Mithal · July 5

    Engrossing to read about people you know (I believe I know you somewhat through our respective blogs) and their paths criss-crossing with history and historical figures.

    Liked by 1 person

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