† Fürst Moritz-Casimir zu Bentheim-Tecklenburg

Fürst Moritz-Casimir zu Bentheim-Tecklenburg died on 21.03.2014 at 19.00 clock peacefully  in his retirement home monastery Herzebrock surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, Fürstin Sissi zu Bentheim-Tecklenburg and three sons, Carl-Gustav, Philip and Maximilian.
Like many men of his generation the Prince born in 1923 at  Rheda Castle had a youth in hard time. The art-loving, sociable and down to earth young man learned the hardness of the former school system during his training in Rheda and Gütersloh, but especially in the boarding Neubeuern and Bad Godesberg know, as well as the strict discipline of his revered father, Fürst Adolf. After leaving school, the Prince announced in the Cavalry Regiment in Paderborn 15 riders, which was dissolved and the Grenadier Regiment 3 Upper Rhine slammed and received a deployment order to the Eastern Front.    In the fighting at Leningrad the prince rescued a gunshot wound from certain doom with his regiment. In recognition of his courageous dedication to him the Iron Cross first and second class was awarded. About the horror of the destruction of war on the Eastern Front he was silent life. Thankfully remained Prince Moritz-Casimir of his beloved mother, who saved him out of the East Prussian military hospital in the West. There he was captured after his recovery of Australian soldiers who subjected him to a traumatic bill shooting. At this point, it was only in the English prisoner of war in Rotherham, where he found at a church service connection in a Baptist family. John Saunders remained a lifelong friend of the Fürst. 
He found true happiness in the late fifties when he met his future wife, the urbane, art-loving and energetic ambassador daughter Countess Huberta (Sissi) of Hardenberg. With her he spent his best years at Castle Bosfeld, where the couple resided for decades after the accidental death of Fürst Adolf in 1967 as Fürst and Fürstin. His children saw him as a distant but caring father. A close friendship with the Family nhad  the doyen of Ancient Music, Gustav Leonhardt, whose support they until the most recent time concerts  world-renowned artists such as Nicolaus Harnoncourt, Christoph Eschenbach, Jordi Saval, or Reinhard Goebel organized. Business of the Fürst was mainly engaged in construction and real estate development, supported by its experienced asset manager Rolf Boffenmeyer. He was member of the Advisory Board of Dresdner Bank and co-owner of, founded by his father after the war with company COR upholstered furniture. 
Together with Fürstin Sissi he restored his castles in Bosfeld and Rheda for which the Princely Couple  was awarded the Prize of the German Foundation for Monument Protection. In the course of Rheda-Wiedenbrücker State Garden Show 1988 next to the reconstructed Castle Garden Theatre Museum and the Carriage Museum, both a result of the loving detail of the Fürst arose. Close contact he used with his twelve Westphalian patronage communities, but especially with the Ev. Reformed congregation of the old High Court Church of Limburg. In fact, the heart of the graduate forester but hung on Princely Forest, which he managed with two foresters and visited every day, and on the hunt. In the sixties, he learned the thrill of exotic hunting during visits to India, Africa and South America know. A gifted shotgun marksman, he impressed the local hunter. He loved sitting game in Rheda and Herzebrocker forest. 
As a member of the Historical Commission (Munster) received the enthusiastic history Fürst official recognition. For decades, he was Chairman of the Association of Westphalian nobility archives, which he had co-founded. With the city of Hagen, he negotiated a contract for the receipt of Hohenlimburger Heritage Museum at Hohenlimburg Castle. The old palace of Hohenlimburg castle he put the trade union of the cold rolling mills for the establishment of the German cold rolling museum available. The home club Herzebrock he allowed the establishment of a historical exhibition in Herzebrock monastery. In 1975 he opened his private family stock in the Princely Archive Rheda for the pioneering work of (Prof.) George H. Little about the Nazi guilt of Fürst Adolf zu Bentheim-Tecklenburg, the ending of National Socialism, the position of the chairman of the German aristocracy Cooperative (” marshal “) held. Certainly he was unhappy that the results of Little basic research has been widely cited before the progress of the science of history made an encompassing classification of FürstAdolf’s career possible. However, the farsighted support this important for our understanding of history research ensures Fürst Moritz-Casimir a footnote in the recent historical research.  
Fürst Moritz-Casimir was blessed with five sons, two of whom he lost again. Especially the death of Prince Christoph, who on the way to entering the service of the German army through no fault came as a high school senior in a traffic accident, was a hard blow for the Fürst. The State Garden Show and the family’s move from Castle Bosfeld in the Rheda ancestral castle initially provided distraction. The memory of the war but never quite let go of him. When you visit the battlefields of the Second World War in East Germany after the reunification of old wounds were opened painful. Painfully was also the confirmation of the Soviet expropriation of family property by the East German CDU Kohl government and the Federal Constitutional Court. The end of the 90’s deteriorating state of health of the Fürst led to several months of hospitalization and the relocation of the royal couple in their retirement home in Herzebrock monastery. 
There began his slow recovery. It was granted to him to participate in the growing up of his grandchildren Moritz, Louise, Amalia and Carl-Emil. Although its scope was small, he built a new circle of friends and took the opportunity to visit the nearby forest every day, first alone, then with support. He described his last years in Herzebrock as his happiest time.
The coffin is from 3 to 5th April laid out in the castle chapel to Rheda.
The funeral will be held on 5. April.

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2 thoughts on “† Fürst Moritz-Casimir zu Bentheim-Tecklenburg

  1. The Fürst died in 2014, not 2013.
    Are you sure that he had five sons? I have only seen four sons being mentioned in different sources.

  2. Thanks. Have it now corrected to 2014. Five sons are mentioned in the Newspaper Article. Don't know if it is correct as elsewhere there are only four sons mentioned.

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