Monday, December 7, 2009
Death of Prince Dedo of Saxony
Prince Dedo of Saxony died on Sunday morning, December 6 in a nursing home in Radebeul, Germany. He was 87 years old. The prince had suffered two heart attacks since November 26.
Prince Dedo was the eldest of three sons of Princess Sophie of Luxembourg and Prince Ernst Heinrich of Saxony. The Prince was born at Schloss Moritzburg, where he and his family lived until the end of the second world war. In January 1945, Dedo and his brother, Gero, buried forty crates of gold and jewels, worth approximately 500 million euros, in a forest near Moritzburg The digging took three days, and the family possessions were buried. Prince Dedo believed that one day, the family would return to Dresden, and the crates would be found.
The family fled west. Dedo, Gero and their brother, Timo, went to Ireland with their father and stepmother, where they bought a farm. Dedo and Gero emigrated to Canada in 1969, settling in Picton, Ontario, where they also farmed. They became Irish citizens and took the surname Saxony.
In Picton, the two princes ran a vegetable and fruit farm, and raised bees and sold honey. Dedo and Gero, neither of whom married, would spend their winters in Florida.
Gero died in 2003.
Soviet soldiers did find a portion of the Saxony treasure, and treasure hunters dug up the rest in 1996. Nearly all of the possessions were returned. In 1999, Saxony signed an agreement with the eight surviving members of the family, and agreed to pay restitution, Prince Dedo received three million euros. In his final years, Prince Dedo longed to return home. Due his poor health, he was under the care of his nephew, Prince Rüdiger,'s girlfriend, a medical doctor. Rüdiger is the son of Dedo's late brother, of Prince Timo.
The Margrave of Meissen, who is the head of the house, told the Bild newspaper: "My cousin truly deserves to rest next to our ancestors in the family tomb." He has asked officials to allow Dedo to be buried in Dresden.
The Margrave is Prince Dedo's first cousin.