BIOGRAPHY Dr. Donatus Prinz von Hohenzollern und Heidi Prinzessin von Hohenzollern

Dr Donatus Prinz von Hohenzollern is a specialist author in the fields of epistemology, and historical and systematic theology. His articles have been published under the nom de plume Markus von Hänsel-Hohenhausen, including his discussion of the relationship between knowledge and belief as “coordinate magisteria” (2008, with an introduction by his mentor, Cardinal Joachim Meisner); Amazon.

Several of his studies have been translated into English, the latest of which is an analysis written for the Royal College of Music in London: “Die Gestaltwerdung des Unsichtbaren – Vom Geheimnis der Musik in erkenntnistheoretischen Begriffen”, or “The Formation of the Invisible – On the Secret of Music in Terms of Epistemology” (2017, Amazon / the English-language version was published privately and is available direct from the publishing house in Frankfurt, info@frankfurter-verlagsgruppe.de).

Hohenzollern, who has dual British-German citizenship, was married to the businesswoman Dr Viola Hallman, née Flachmeier, the heiress and Chairwoman of the Friedrich Gustav Theis Kaltwalzwerke steel business. Together, the couple lived in Aldenghoor Castle in the Netherlands, Killochan Castle in Scotland, and on their properties in Asia and Australia. Viola Prinzessin von Hohenzollern did not survive the corporate insolvency triggered by the steel crisis of 2008. Instead of honouring the 100-year tradition of the company with a study on its history as a centenary festschrift, her husband had to deliver the eulogy at her funeral. He used this minor literary form to portray the life of the woman the media liked to call the “Steel Princess”. The eulogy has been archived at the British Library in London.

Prinz von Hohenzollern renounced his inheritance rights in numerous countries in favour of his deceased wife’s daughter from her first marriage, Olivia Hallman, who was working as a top model in New York (Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar etc.). This renunciation was reported on in the international press (e.g. for Scotland in the Herald of Scotland)

After two chance meetings in London led to the acquaintance with a Swiss businesswoman, she and Dr Prinz von Hohenzollern married in 2017. The couple live in southern England and in Switzerland.

Education

Hohenzollern, born in 1961, first studied Theology and Philosophy at the Sankt Georgen Jesuit University and then Catholic Theology, Modern History, and Clerical, Theological and Legal History at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. His academic teachers were the church historian Klaus Wittstadt (1936-2003), the legal historian and founder of the research into the Oberhof courts, Adalbert Erler (1904-1992), and the theologian and Melanchthon Prize winner, Siegfried Wiedenhofer, who was a student of Pope Benedict XVI (1941-2016).
After gaining his Magister title in Theology and Jurisprudence (1986), he completed his studies by gaining a Dr. phil. in Theology with highest distinction (summa cum laude) and university award (1990, full text Part1 and Part2, reviews: Literaturmarkt here, Theologische Revue here, Forschungen zur Brandenburgischen und Preußischen Geschichte here, Jahrbuch des Kölnischen Geschichtsvereins here).
The publication was supported by the universities in Frankfurt a.M. and Münster i.W., the cities of Bonn and Münster, the Archdiocese of Cologne, the Diocese of Würzburg and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. Hohenzollern is a member of the German Association of Historians (Verband der Historiker Deutschlands).




Career as a Publisher

As a postgraduate student in 1987, he already set up a publishing house: the Verlag der Deutschen Hochschulschriften DHS (German Academic Studies) published several thousand dissertations and habilitation theses within its first few years. This academic publishing house then gave rise to numerous other companies, including the book publishers Fouqué Publishers Inc. on the Fifth Avenue in New York, The London House of Literature Limited in London, and the Frankfurter Verlagsgruppe Holding Aktiengesellschaft with subsidiaries, branches or representatives in Frankfurt a.M., Munich, London and New York.





The first Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of the Frankfurter Verlagsgruppe AG was, until her death in 2010 at the age of 103, the prize-winning author (Ilse Pohl). Prinz von Hohenzollern took the letters and diaries left by his dear friend and offered them to the State Archive in Darmstadt as a literary estate. The archive classified the estate as an “important inventory” and accepted the gift (with the introduction “Creating literature in the face of one’s own death”).
Her successor on the Supervisory Board was the author Barbara von Braun-Lacoste (Ludwig II., Ein Leben zwischen Krone und Dornen", Briefroman, u.a. [Ludwig II., A Life Between Crown and Thorns], an epistolary novel ), who fled a German prison camp as a child, together with a French PoW, and later wrote a moving book about her experiences: (Das Windhaus).
The most recent Chairman of the Supervisory Board was the British writer Michael Lord Montagu Douglas Scott (Michael Montagu's Memoirs).
As Chairman of the Board of the Frankfurter Verlagsgruppe publishers, Hohenzollern oversaw some 5,000 book and media publications before he retired to lead a private life in 2003. The Frankfurter Verlagshaus has archived and exhibited the letters and manuscripts of the authors he corresponded with, including Michael Ende, Martin Walser, Uwe Johnson and Max Frisch.



Patronages and Civic Engagement

In 1999, Hohenzollern set up the Frankfurter Cornelia Goethe Academy in the Frankfurter Großen Hirschgraben (next to the Goethe Haus) with its first distance learning course, “Literary Writing”. The course gained statutory certification and was the first training course in literary writing to be recognised as vocational training by the German Federal Employment Agency. It was taken by over 1,000 authors (www.goethe-akademie.de). The Academy’s guidelines were drafted with a particular focus on supporting blind and visually impaired writers.
On its Board of Trustees, the Cornelia Goethe Academy brings together leading representatives from business, science, art and culture. Donatus von Hohenzollern is President of the Board of Trustees (see http://www.goethe-akademie.de/akademie/organe.html).



In the same street as the Goethe House and the Cornelia Goethe Academy, Hohenzollern also founded the Frankfurt Goethe Society (Brentano-Gesellschaft Frankfurt/M. mbH), which publishes a new volume of the “Frankfurter Bibliothek” (“Frankfurt Library”) every year as a Year Book of new poetry — the largest collection poetry in the history of the German book trade, with 60,000 poems from contemporary poets (http://www.brentano-gesellschaft.de).



As a retired publisher, Hohenzollern continues to work for the benefit of novice writers. In a position paper in 2007, he formulated a statement on the discrimination committed by the associations and unions of established authors seeking to obstruct the possible success of new, upcoming authors.


In London, Hohenzollern provides scholarships to assist the education of young musicians. He is a Patron of the Arts at the Royal College of Music in London and sponsor of the Tilford Bach Society. He also supports the German PrimArte Orchestra under the conductor Alois Springer, and the London Cuisine Schools.

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