Josias, Hereditary Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont

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Prince Josias of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Hereditary Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Head of the House of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Tenure 26 May 1946 – 30 November 1967
Predecessor Friedrich
Successor Wittekind
Born (1896-05-13)13 May 1896
Arolsen Castle, German Empire
Died 30 November 1967(1967-11-30) (aged 71)
Schloss Schaumburg, West Germany
Spouse Duchess Altburg of Oldenburg
Issue Margarethe, Countess of Erbach-Erbach
Alexandra, Princess of Bentheim and Steinfurt
Princess Ingrid
Wittekind, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Guda, Princess of Wied
House Waldeck and Pyrmont
Father Friedrich, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Mother Princess Bathildis of Schaumburg-Lippe



Josias, Hereditary Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont (Josias Georg Wilhelm Adolf; 13 May 1896 – 30 November 1967) was the heir apparent to the throne of the Principality of Waldeck and Pyrmont and a general in the SS. From 1946 until his death, he was the head of the Princely House of Waldeck and Pyrmont. After World War II, he was sentenced to life in prison at the Buchenwald Trial (later commuted to 20 years) for his part in the "common plan" to violate the Laws and Usages of War in connection with prisoners of war held at Buchenwald concentration camp, but was released after serving about three years in prison.


Marriage[edit]

On 25 August 1922, he married Duchess Altburg of Oldenburg, a daughter of the former Grand Duke of Oldenburg, Friedrich August II in Rastede.

Issue[edit]

  1. Princess Margarethe of Waldeck and Pyrmont (22 May 1923 – 21 August 2003)
  2. Princess Alexandra of Waldeck and Pyrmont (25 September 1924 – 4 September 2009)
  3. Princess Ingrid of Waldeck and Pyrmont (born 2 September 1931)
  4. Prince Wittekind of Waldeck and Pyrmont (born 9 March 1936) married Countess Cecilie von Goëss-Saurau and had issue.
  5. Princess Guda of Waldeck and Pyrmont (b. 22 August 1939), married Friedrich Wilhelm, Prince of Wied.

Titles and styles[edit]





Josias, Hereditary Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Cadet branch of the House of Waldeck
Born: 13 May 1896 Died: 30 November 1967
Titles in pretence
Preceded by — TITULAR —
Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
26 May 1946 – 30 November 1967
Reason for succession failure:
Monarchy abolished in 1918
Succeeded by