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How did Captain Von Trapp become a baron?

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2008-03-28 20:33:26

Nobility can be inherited or earned. Georg Ludwig Trapp served

in World War I as a U-boat commander. His exploits on the battle

earned him his Austrian nobility. It also helped that he married a

very rich heiress, Agatha Whitehead. Together they had 7 children

before his wife died. It was in 1926 that he hired a tutor for one

of his sick daughters, Maria Kutschera, whom he married in 1927 and

had 3 more children. So, the movie isn't exactly true to the actual

events as many years passed before they left Austria in 1938. Georg

Ritter von Trapp lost most of his fortunes when the banks of

Austria collapsed.

If his name is Georg Ritter von Trapp, then he is not a Baron,

but a knight; i.e. the second lowest rank of nobility, which are

Lower nobility:

von... nobel Ritter von.... Knight Freiherr von... Baron (Baron

as a title does not exist in original German nomenclature, even the

famous "Red Baron" was not a Baron, but a Freiherr) Higher

nobility: Graf von... Count Herzog von... Duke Royal Houses

Imperial Houses

Links: Lodge owned by von Trapp family in Colorado.

http://www.trappfamily.com/familystory/index.php Music of the von

Trapp children: http://www.vontrappchildren.com/ History:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georg_Ritter_von_Trapp


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