Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Communists seize American-born princess' chateau

December 16, 1917

The Bolsheviks have seized the Lithuanian chateau of the Prince and Princess Albert Radziwill, according to the Chicago Daily Tribune. The princess is the former Dorothy Deacon of Boston, a member of a prominent Back Bay family. The prince and princess were reduced to be "dependants" of the Bolsheviks.

Peasants have overrun "the vast estates and sugar refineries." Princess Radziwill is now in Rome with her mother, and they are staying in one of the Borghese palaces.

The Prince's family did not approve of the marriage, despite Dorothy's wealth. A decree was issued shortly after their marriage in 1910 that denied succession rights to their children, although the marriage remains childless.

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