Thursday, December 10, 2009

Princess Theresia sues for home

December 10, 1925

The New York Times reports that Princess Theresia of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha is "forced to live in a single attic" because her four room apartment was seized by Vienna city officials during her "temporary absence." The Princess, 22, filed suit today against the city for the "restoration of her home."
Austrian law allows for cities to "requisition empty apartments," even if the owners "leave them only for a few days." The apartments are then "alloted to some one else."
The law also limits the number of rooms a single person can have, and housing authorities "have the right to rent the extra rooms to others if the owner does not fill them with lodgers."
The Princess's apartment was seized when she was abroad. When she returned home, she discovered her furniture had been moved to the attic.
Princess Theresia is the sixth of eight children of Prince August of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and his wife, Archduchess Karoline of Austria. Her siblings are Prince August, Princess Maria Karoline, Prince Rainer, Prince Philipp Josias, Princess Leopoldine and Prince Ernst.

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