Heinrich XLV

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Heinrich XLV Gender: M
Heinrich XLV, Hereditary Prince Reuß Younger Line
born on 13 May 1895 at 03:00 (= 03:00 AM )
Place Gera, Germany, 50n52, 12e04
Timezone CET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
Rectified from approx. time
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 22°02' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 11°33 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 06°10'

Heinrich XLV


German prince, he was the head of the House of Reuss from 1928 to 1945, as well the last male member of the Reuss-Schleiz branch of the Younger Line.

Heinrich XLV was the only surviving son of Heinrich XXVII, Prince Reuss Younger Line (1858–1928) and his wife, Princess Elise of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1864–1929).

At the death of his father on 21 November 1928 he became head of the House of Reuss after the Younger and Elder Lines merged, when the Elder Line became extinct in the male line in 1927.

In 1935 he adopted one of his relatives, Prince Heinrich I (1910–1982) a member of the Köstritz branch of the Princely family of Reuss. The adoption took place for inheritance reasons, not for succession rights for the headship of the House of Reuss. In 1939 Heinrich I married Duchess Woizlawa Feodora of Mecklenburg, the niece of Heinrich XLV.

During the 1930s Heinrich XLV became a Nazi sympathizer and member of the Nazi Party. In August 1945 he was arrested in Ebersdorf by the Soviet military and disappeared. Although he was most likely interned and killed in NKVD special camp Nr. 2 in Buchenwald, his name is not in any of the special camps' lists of the dead. On 5 January 1962 he was declared dead by a court in Büdingen. His entire fortune was seized and confiscated in 1948 by the Soviet Military Administration, including the Ebersdorf Castle, Thallwitz Castle, Osterstein Castle in Gera.

Heinrich XLV remained unmarried and childless and the succession of the House of Reuss passed to Prince Heinrich IV of the Reuss of Köstritz branch.

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  • Death, Mysterious 1945 (Disappeared)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes news, Allgemeine Zeitung, 14 May 1895, page 10: "Gera, 13. Mai. Die Frau Erbprinzessin Elise Reuß j. L., geborne Prinzessin zu Hohenlohe-Laugenburg, ist heute worden. früh zu Schloß Ebersdorf von einem Prinzen glücklich entbunden."

(Gera, 13 May. The princess Elise of Reuss, born Princess of Hohenlohe-Laugenburg, early this morning happily delivered a prince at Ebersdorf Castle). A birth time of 3 AM is speculative.


  • Family : Childhood : Family noted (House of Reuss)
  • Family : Parenting : Foster, Step, or Adopted Kids (One adopted son)
  • Vocation : Politics : Nazi party