Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Austria Departed

The Austro-Hungarian Imperial and Royal Family89 years ago today, the Austro-Hungarian Imperial and Royal Family arrived at the Austro-Swiss border in an Imperial train and departed Austria – under the protection of this weblog's icon, Lt.-Col. Edward Lisle Strutt.

Stefan Zweig reported in The World of Yesterday that he met the Imperial train when reentering Austria. Also, Stefan Zweig committed suicide in the Brazilian Imperial City of Petrópolis in 1942.

Stefan Zweig was at the Austro-Swiss border, at Buchs, when the Imperial-Royal Family departed the land. He regretted the loss of the old European culture. He departed this world in the Imperial City of Brazil, the town that above all represents the old order of Brazil.

Update April 19, 2008: Stefan Zweig's story of meeting the escort was from Feldkirch – on the other side of the border. Also, Gordon Brook-Sheperd's The Last Habsburg reports that the departure from Austria was on March 24. Brook-Sheperd's Uncrowned Emperor reports Monday, March 26. March 26, 1919 was a Wednesday. While the source of my error is an error in one of my sources, I take full responsibility.

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