23 September 2014

† Duke Anton Günther of Oldenburg

Northwest says goodbye to Duke of Oldenburg
He was considered modest and restrained: Duke Anton Günther of Oldenburg  wished himself for his last journey not mounring jewelry - but support for the Elizabeth Hospital for Children, whose patron he was.
Even though he lived at Güldenstein Castle near Lensahn in Schleswig-Holstein, but so was Duke Anton Günther of Oldenburg popular as a father of his country in the Northwest region. It was his reserved manner in which he took the people for themselves. Attitude was the nobleman strange and also riding at the age of 80 years still a passion. Whenever he could, he attended the National Horse Show in Rastede whose patron he was. The Duke rarely missed a meeting of Oldenburg landscape. In addition, the Elisabeth Hospital for Children was his attachment, which is expressed not least in that he dispensed with celebrations on gifts for the hospital. Also for his last journey he wants no ring jewelry, but a support of the Association of Sponsors of the hospital.
The people mourn with his wife Duchess Ameli of Oldenburg to the Head of the House of Oldenburg.   This position has  now Duke Christian of Oldenburg, who is married to Caroline née Countess of Rantzau. The couple has four children: Alexander, Philip Anton and Katharina the grandchildren of the deceased.
"The Oldenburger County and Lower Saxony lose with Duke Anton Günther one over many decades dedicated and sympathetic advocate who has done much for the equestrian sport and the culture," said Lower Saxony's Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD) on Monday.
And ex-President of the Parliament Horst Milde (SPD) reported that he had learned to appreciate during many encounters the Duke over the years. "We have a lot of conversations about the future and the well-Oldenburg's out," said Milde. "In our discussions we have but also touches on many other topics over the years." It was about gone to the dissolution of the county government, but also to the still image Graf Anton Günther's about. "I will keep it in remembrance respectable."
The Bundestag deputies Franz-Josef Holzenkamp, Chairman of the CDU National Association Oldenburg, was deeply affected: "We are losing a great institution and personality of the Oldenburg State. He has the Oldenburg identity embodied in his modest way. " The District Administrator of the Ammer country and chairman of the Metropolitan Region, Jörg Bensberg, stressed Anton Günther had left its mark. "He was a passionate host of the tournament and the country music festival in Rastede, always friendly and modest."
Duke Anton Günther  of Oldenburg was born on 16.01.1923 in Lensahn as the eldest of nine siblings. Its full title is: Heir  to Norway, Duke of Schleswig, Holstein, Stormann, the Dittmarschen and Oldenburg, Prince of Lubeck and Birkenfeld, Lord of Jever and Knyphausen.
His parents were Hereditary Grand Duke Nikolaus of Oldenburg and his wife Helene, Born  Princess of Waldeck and Pyrmont. Anton Günther's grandfather - Friedrich August (1852-1931) - was still cheered as the last reigning Grand Duke of Oldenburg.
Anton Günther had married on 07.08.1951 in Wertheim (Lower Franconia) Princess Ameli zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg. Daughter Helene was born in 1953 and lives as an artist in Rastede, born 1955 son Christian runs the family estate in East Holstein.
44 years was Anton Günther after the death of his father at the head of the house and used his connection to Oldenburg in the Northwest. Tradition had an invitation to the cucumber punch during the International Music Festival in Rastede. "You could tell how much fun and what a joy it at reception and the music days had," said Torsten Wilters, President of the Association Rasteder Music Days.
A long relationship did Anton Günther also have with the Oldenburg State Championships in Rastede. Yet in 2012 he took over at the age of 89 years even the honoring of the Oldenburg champion. "He loved being close to the riders and horse people and talked every day on the show grounds on. Without him as patrons we had the blue-red roots of the country tournament not have done so, "said tournament CEO Jan-Christoph Eger.
Tradition also has a commitment to the Red Cross, was awarded for the Anton Günther 2007 with the decorations. Since 1991, Anton Günther was a member of the Advisory Board of the DRC National Association Oldenburg. Already his great-grandfather Grand Duke Nikolaus Friedrich Peter had supported the Red Cross.
Anton Günther was a founding member of Oldenburgische landscape that had emerged in 1970 from the Oldenburg Foundation. So he drove around 2012 in Vechta for the Regional Assembly or by car, as Thomas Kossendey was elected to become president. "Through his friendly manner and his modest demeanor, he gained great sympathy," says Thomas Kossendey. "Oldenburgische landscape remembers him in high respect and gratitude."
The restoration of the mausoleum on the Gertrudenkirchhof was Anton Günther a big concern, even if he entrusted the project Duke Christian  and Duchess Caroline. Now he finds among his ancestors a final resting place. His father  Hereditary Grand Duke Nikolaus of Oldenburg was buried there in 1970. Dr. Jörg Welp still remembers how he saw drive past as a child, the horse-drawn carriage with the coffin. Silently the Oldenburg then stood on the roadside.
From Schleswig-Holstein no reaction was obtained on Monday. In Lensahn the news of the death of the Duke apparently had not gotten around yet. At least the local newspaper was surprised by the information. The family was very cautious with public statements, sources Lensahn.
The Grand Ducal family is closely connected with Schleswig-Holstein in the foundation  Eutin Castle , whose purpose is to get the lock to use and made ​​available to the public. Until 1992 was the Eutiner in possession of the ducal family. It was then handed over to the Foundation. The board of the foundation is formed of a member of the ducal house, and a member of the Education and Culture Ministry of the country. He is currently occupied by Christian Duke of Oldenburg and Secretary Eberhard Schmidt-Elsaesser.
The Board of Trustees consists of six members. It is formed by members of the ducal family and representatives of the public sector. The state government in Kiel commented on Monday not on the death of the Duke.

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