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Canada Who is Heinrich XIII, the prince accused of planning a far-right coup in Germany?

20:41  08 december  2022
20:41  08 december  2022 Source:   msn.com

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It sounds like a rejected script for a “James Bond” movie. An obscure German aristocrat with a historic royal title plans to overthrow the government in a violent coup, freeing it from the supposed tyranny of the deep state.

But that is, German prosecutors say, exactly what the self-styled Heinrich XIII Prince of Reuss was doing until he was arrested along with 24 alleged far-right co-conspirators Wednesday, as part of the largest counterterror police operation in German history.

Little is known of the terrorist group that, prosecutors alleged, had access to weapons and training, had recruited from the armed forces and the police, and had drawn up detailed plans to install a new government.

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Part of the Reichsbürger, or Reich Citizens, movement which rejects the legitimacy of the German state after Kaiser Wilhelm II stood down in 1918, the group was planning to install Heinrich as the new head of state, authorities say.

Pictures showed him being led away in handcuffs Wednesday by police officers in balaclavas, as he and his fellow plotters saw those hopes dashed.

This is what we know about the man who would’ve been kaiser.

A police officer sits in a vehicle with Heinrich after his arrest on Wednesday. (Boris Roessler / DPA via AP) © Boris Roessler A police officer sits in a vehicle with Heinrich after his arrest on Wednesday. (Boris Roessler / DPA via AP)

Germany has been a republic for more than 100 years and is now the most powerful democracy in Europe. It has no actual princes or kings, but as with many other former monarchies across Europe, some aristocrats with hereditary royal titles choose to still use them.

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Heinrich XIII, 71, belongs to the House of Reuss, an ancient royal lineage that ruled parts of what is now Thuringia in central Germany for hundreds of years until 1918. It is now one of Germany’s 16 federal states.

Reuss is just one of the many branches of German royalty, many of which have familial links across the rest of Europe, including to the British royal family.

In an eccentric quirk dating back to the 12th century, male heirs to the Reuss throne are all called Heinrich, followed by a number. This is in tribute to Heinrich VI, who reigned as the king of Germany and Holy Roman Emperor until his death in 1197.

Henry VI (1165-1197), Holy Roman Emperor (From the Codex Manesse), Between 1305 and 1340. Artist: Anonymous (Getty Images file) © Getty Images file Henry VI (1165-1197), Holy Roman Emperor (From the Codex Manesse), Between 1305 and 1340. Artist: Anonymous (Getty Images file)

Heinrich was arrested at his home in an upmarket district of Frankfurt on Wednesday.

According to a report in a local newspaper, Ostthüringer Zeitung, police also searched his hunting lodge, a small neo-Gothic castle near the town of Bad Lobenstein in Thuringia, originally built in the 19th century for his ancestor Heinrich LXXII.

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Heinrich may claim the hereditary title, but the House of Reuss is less than pleased with him.

Heinrich XIV, a distant relative who acts as the head of the house and its spokesman, told the German broadcaster MRD on Wednesday he was shocked by the news and that he hadn’t spoken to Heinrich XIII for a decade.

“Of course it rubs off catastrophically on the family,” he said “I believe we’ve been a tolerant, cosmopolitan dynasty for 850 years in eastern Thuringia and now we are all around the world, all the way to America, [we’re] ‘terrorists’ and ‘reactionaries’ — it’s really horrible.”

Heinrich XIII, arrested Wednesday wearing a green blazer, brown trousers, blue shirt and a colored silk scarf, is described in German media profiles as an entrepreneur. His personal website vaguely says he offers “coordination of business interests.”

He is accused of contacting representatives of the Russian Federation both in Russia and in Germany in the hope of winning support for the overthrow of the Berlin government, though prosecutors said that there was no evidence Moscow officials reacted positively to the request.

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The House of Reuss disowned Heinrich XIII even before Wednesday’s arrest. In August, the house distanced itself from his views, with Heinrich XIV describing him as a “confused old man” who “is now caught up in conspiracy theory misconceptions.”

It’s those views which are now under intense scrutiny.

In short, Heinrich XIII argues that Germany as we know it doesn’t exist.

Should a coup attempt eventually happen — and German authorities say they are expecting more arrests in the coming days — it would not be the first attempt to force a return to Germany’s imperial past.

The Kapp Putsch, or coup, in 1920 tried but failed to overthrow the government in Berlin its supporters saw as illegitimate. More than 100 years on, that feeling is very much alive among some right-wing conspiracists in Germany.

Delivering a rambling speech titled “Why blue-blooded elite became servants,” at the World Web Forum in Zurich, Switzerland, in 2019, Heinrich presented a rose-tinted picture of monarchical Germany at the end of World War I.

“If something wasn’t going well, you just went to the prince,” he said. “Who are you supposed to turn to today? Your parliamentarian, the local, federal or E.U. level? Good luck!”

He argued that his family was unjustly deposed, before citing an antisemitic conspiracy theory about the role of Jewish bankers in the removal of European kingdoms.

Summing up the Reichsbürger credo, he said: “Ever since Germany surrendered on May 8, 1945, it has never been sovereign again. It was made into an administrative structure of the Allies… a vassal state.”

With some historical symmetry, Heinrich’s arrest came almost 100 years after the Beer Hall Putsch, a failed coup by Hitler’s Nazi Party in Munich on Nov. 8-9, 1923.

Hitler failed and was imprisoned for five years, a period in which he wrote his manifesto-cum-memoir “Mein Kampf.” But it helped bring the Nazis to wider public attention and laid the ground for what was to come.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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