Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Does anyone know Eynon Hanfstaengl?

Following a recent posting on an Overgrown Path leads to a mini-biography of "Putzi" Hanfstaengl, an early financier of the Nazi party who switched sides after the "Night of the Long Knives". There is a reference to a grandson, Eynon - probably this man. What intrigues me is the very Welsh forename. Is there a personal Welsh connection with the Hanfstaengl family? One assumes that "Putzi" was interned for a time on the Isle of Man as were so many escaping Germans, of whom the British authorities were suspicious. However, that link appears tenuous, and it must be the next generation which connects with Wales.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i read a few books about ernst hanfstaengl and also listened to a radio-documentary about his son egon (who probably was eynons father) and all i know is that the hanfstaengl-family named all their children with fornames starting with an "e".
in the early 1920s ernst hanfstaengl and his wife broke with that tradition and named their daughter hertha. aged 5 years, she died caused to an illness. this fact must have changed the mind of the hanfstaengl-family ...

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