Duke Bolko von Pless is dead – grandson of Duchess Daisy and Duke John Henry XV, the last owners of the Książ Castle. The aristocrat was 86 years old. He died in Munich, where he lived. Information about the death of the prince was provided by the press spokesman of Książ Castle.
– On Saturday (August 27), at 9 p.m., His Ducal Highness, Bolko, prince von Pless, count von Hochberg, baron of Książ died in Munich. The information was provided by the painful widow Duchess Marie Elisabeth and the prince’s daughter, Countess Felicitas – said Mateusz Mykytyszyn, the press spokesman of Książ Castle in Wałbrzych. And he added: – The grandson and heir of the last owners of Książ and Pszczyna was a great friend of Poland and Poles.
Bolko Constantin Stanislaus Maria de la Paz Conrad Juan, Prince von Pless, Count von Hochberg and baron on Książ was born – on April 3, 1936 in Munich – as the son of Count Bolko von Hochberg and his wife Clothilde, née de Silva y Gonzalez de Candamo . The prince’s paternal grandparents were prince Jan Henryk XV and duchess Daisy von Pless, the last owners of the Książ Castle.
“This land has been home to my family for over 700 years”
– A descendant of the owners of Książ and Pszczyna, he visited Silesia regularly from the 70s of the last century. After 1989 – and especially after the Reconciliation Mass in Krzyżowa in 1993 – he joined the promotion of Książ Castle as a tourist attraction of supra-regional importance. Since then, he regularly visited the castle and was involved in the organization of cultural events, such as: exhibitions, concerts, publications – described Mykytyszyn. And the prince himself – in “Memoirs of the Silesian Prince” – described his relationship with Poland: “I came to Poland for the second time in 1976 and then I was received very warmly. For almost 45 years I visited Silesia out of a sense of obligation towards the memory of my ancestors, but first of all, to build understanding with today’s inhabitants of this land. My family has been home to this land for over 700 years. Our shared cultural heritage is a bridge between the past and the future. It allows us to draw on tradition and history and build understanding on them. we also heal wounds and overcome cracks from the past.
Prince Bolko von Pless: I would like to believe that we have learned the lessons that history has taught us
Prince Bolko von Pless was an honorary citizen of Wałbrzych from 2015. He lived permanently in Munich.
“Even today, although very rarely, some Poles ask if I will not want to regain our property. Although we were the largest landowners in Silesia before the war, I never wanted to regain anything. I know and understand history. The war was started by the Germans and our nation suffers responsibility for the crimes that happened to her and, consequently, the loss of lands in the east of the country. Intelligent people know it. For most of my life, also today, I looked to the future. I would like to believe that we have learned the lessons that history has taught us in the cruel 20th century “- he wrote in his memoirs.
Książ Castle in Wałbrzych, tvn24.pl
Main photo source: Książ Castle in Wałbrzych