Georg, Crown Prince of Saxony
Georg, Crown Prince of Saxony, (commonly called Crown Prince George), (15 January 1893 – 14 May 1943) the last Crown Prince
Crown Prince
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 of Saxony, was the heir to the King of Saxony, Frederick Augustus III
Frederick Augustus III of Saxony
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, at the time of the monarchy's abolition on 13 November 1918.


The prince was born on 15 January 1893 in Dresden
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, Saxony
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, Germany. During the First World War he served in combat and suffered a serious leg injury during the first months of the war. In 1915, Kaiser Wilhelm II granted Georg the Iron Cross
Iron Cross
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 first class "in recognition of the services he rendered in the latest battles."

In the spring of 1918, newspapers announced the prince's engagement to Duchess Marie Amelia, daughter of Albrecht, Duke of Württemberg
Albrecht, Duke of Württemberg
Albrecht, Duke of Württemberg or Albrecht Herzog von Württemberg was a German Generalfeldmarschall and head of the Royal House of Württemberg...

, the heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Württemberg
Kingdom of Württemberg
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. The end of the Saxon monarchy and the prince's desire to become a priest apparently led to the end of the engagement. The duchess died unmarried in 1923.

In 1918, shortly after his father's abdication, Georg entered the Franciscan
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 Order. Finding the Franciscan life too intellectually limiting, Georg soon applied to transfer to the Jesuits instead. In 1923, he renounced his rights to the Saxon throne to become Father George a Jesuit priest
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After his ordination, the prince was generally known as Father Georg (Father George) and used the last name von Sachsen. He worked in Berlin where he was credited with protecting Jews
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 from the Nazi regime in notable contrast to his pro-Nazi brothers-in-law, Prince Frederich of Hohenzollern
Friedrich, Prince of Hohenzollern
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 and Prince Franz Joseph of Hohenzolllern-Emden.

The former prince died on 14 May 1943 apparently while swimming in the Groß-Glienicke lake in Berlin, Germany. Georg's diary was found on the lakeshore with a final Latin
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 entry reading "Vado ad patrem," which is the Latin version of a phrase Jesus
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 frequently spoke to his disciples in the Gospel of John
Gospel of John
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 and means "I go to the Father" or "I go to my Father." Georg's body was found several weeks after his death and the autopsy determined that he died after suffering a heart attack.

On the day of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's attempted assassination of Adolph Hitler using an explosive device hidden within a satchel Crown Prince George was photographed holding said satchel and standing behind Field Marshal Rommel, who had entered empty-handed. The satchel bears the inscription J A G von Sachsen and was given to Father George by his mother at a young age; the inscription is clearly visible. As Field Marshal Rommel enters the meeting place for the assassination attempt on Hitler he is photographed carrying Father George's satchel adding speculation to Gestapo involvement in his death.

Titles and styles

  • 15 January 1893 – 15 October 1904: His Royal Highness Prince Georg of Saxony, Duke of Saxony
  • 15 October 1904–1923: His Royal Highness The Crown Prince of Saxony, Duke of Saxony
  • 1923 - 14 May 1943: Pater Georg Prinz von Sachen


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