Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Coal gas kills Prince, wife

December 29, 1942 

 The Associated Press reports today that Prince Albrecht of Schaumburg-Lippe and his commoner wife died of coal-gas poisoning on Christmas eve at their home in Linz, Austria. The AP picked up the report from the German Transocean news agency. 

The 73-year-old prince was the son of the late Prince Wilhelm of Schaumburg-Lippe. In 1897, he married Duchess Elsa of Württemberg.  She died in 1936. 

Three years later, he married a commoner Maria Herget.

Prince Albrecht is survived by three children, Wilhelm, Franz Josef, and Bathildis, who is the wife of Wolrad, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe.


Anonymous said...

I think that should be 1942 instead of 1948. Do you know any more details about this accident (if it was an accident)?

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Changed to the right date ...
The article in the NYTimes did not give further information.

Prince Mario Max Schaumburg Lippe Prince Waldemar Princess Antonia said...


The coal gas accident was not believed by the oldest son, Max Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe, as told by his widow Princess Helga-Lee. The Prince was not happy with the situation going on at that time. He was oponing, and that might have caused the trouble.

The wife was called Herget.
Warm regards,


Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

what is oponing?