Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Half of Germany's Princes are Idle

February 3, 1936

A new report in the Adelsblatt, a weekly newspaper published by the Association of German Nobility, notes how German nobles have fared since the fall of the German empire in 1918,  according to the Chicago Daily Tribune.

Princess Helene von Isenburg has "investigated the lives of 22,000 German noblemen," comparing their professions before the war "with the occupations they now hold.

Approximately one-half of German princes in post-war Germany are listed as "jobless."   At least two-thirds of counts and barons are unemployed.  

The princess has found that "new professions unknown to the high aristocracy" are now found on her list.  Members of princely and noble families have found careers as businessmen, theater managers, sculptors,  bank clerks, and musicians.  Several barons have found works as chauffeurs and (gasp!) gigolos.

The number of noblemen holding commissions in the German military has "greatly decreased."  Only 1.17 percent of the princes and 2.8-3.9 percent of counts and barons are currently serving in the military, although the Princess acknowledges that her statistics were issued before the rapidly increasing rearmament in Germany.  Numerous noblemen are now finding employment in Germany's army, navy and air force.


Matthew Plooster said...

This is very interesting! Did Princess Helene conduct formal research that was published? (Perhaps it's the scholar in me that's being hopeful…)

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Says it in the first paragraph

Isenburg, Helene Prinzessin von: Der Berufswandel im deutschen Adel 1912-1932, in: Dt. Adelsblatt Nr.2 v.4.1.1936, 43ff und ebd. in Nr.3 v. 11.1.1936,74f --- Auch in: Dt. Adelsblatt Nr.28 v. 10.7.1937,

The Blessed Virgin said...

I m sure a few would have held the position as gigolos quite nicely. LOL