Monday, May 20, 2013

Fürst Carl Philipp zu Salm-Salm celebrated 80th birthday

Soon Fürst Carl Philipp  zu Salm-Salm will celebrate a milestone birthday.  The festivities take place on White Monday. Friends, relatives, employees and representatives of the authorities are invited to a reception in the water castle. Together with the entire population Anholter a thank worship will be celebrated at St. Pancras Church. Also the castle garden is open free of charge. The celebration with the entire district is the foi the Fürst of particular concern. With Anholt and the Water Castle he feels connected. "I was born here and went to school," says Carl Philipp zu Salm-Salm. He graduated in 1954 at a  Jesuit school in Bad Godesberg in 1954  from high school. "After the war there were only a few schools," the 79-year-old says.
The war years were formative time for the boy and frightening at the same time. His older brother died in a bomb attack, his father was a prisoner of war. In addition, the possessions of the family were packaged after Göring "Decree to protect German cultural" in boxes and stored in a tin mine in the Sauerland. At that time, it was a shock to see how the paintings are removed. "Today I am happy that it has come to this," said the Fürst. Namely, the castle was badly hit by bombs and after the war a ruin. The family has lived for years in the cellar. "That was the only place where it has not rained inside." The art collection remained unaffected even after their discovery by the English. Each box was found their way back to Anholt. Unfortunately, many were items that were "not worth protecting" regarded by the Nazis as irretrievably lost. After the Second World War, the Fürst studied business and worked in the field of banking and economic system in Germany, France and Switzerland. In 1969 he found his way back to Anholt and took over the management of the Prince Salm-Salm'schen management in Rhede. Previously, he looked first to his father on the shoulder. The restoration of the water castle at the center. "My father was 'married' to the castle," said the Fürst, the issues faced skeptical as a young man recalls: "Today I am very happy that they were made."Carl Philipp Fürst zu Salm-Salm, like his father, is very involved, the heritage, as buldings  and garden monuments of the family as the sights. In 2009 the Fürst  was honored for his involvement with the Federal Cross of Merit, First Class.