European Royalty during World War II. Last Chance for Restoration?.
Last Chance for Restoration?
The war was presented as a crusade for the defeat of tyranny and aggression, and not a new wave of conquest and empire-building. The declaration of the so-called United Nations in January 1942… was a public expression of world opinion against the Axis New Orders, a reassertion of public morality in dealings at home and abroad…. What mattered at the time was not so much the moral credentials of the signatories, but the sense conveyed in the document that those who signed it walked on the side of the angels against “savage and brutal forces seeking to subjugate the world….” –Richard Overy
– Winston Churchill
A Hohenzollern prince who had the enormous courage to put himself at the head of the German Resistance movement that had become unendurable at home and had failed in the field of foreign policy, and so risked his life, would have assuredly at one stroke changed the historical position of the monarchy. The painful memories of 1918 would have been wiped out. – Gerhard Ritter
King George VIof Great Britainand Ireland
One may draw from the study of history the lesson that the age of princes is over. . . . For two hundred years we have been watching the decomposition of this system. The princely houses have retained nothing but their pretensions. With these they traffic, and by these they live. . . . If one day we had time to waste, it would be a curious study, that of these princely families, to see how they maintained themselves in power, despite their internal struggles. Their wars always had the most exalted motives. In reality, it was always a question of odd patches of land, whose possession was bitterly disputed. How much Europe has had to suffer, for eight hundred years, from these practices – and, especially and above all, Germany! – Adolf Hitler
Could a rebel prince have successfully opposed Hitler? Of all the might-have-beens in Europe, Louis Ferdinand’s is the most tragic case – not for him personally, for he neverburned with the desire to reclaim the throne – but for the world, which would have taken an imponderably different shape had he been called upon to rule.
– Charles Fenyvesi