The family Schönburg-Glauchau
According to legend, it was a “Schonburg” who saved Emperor Charlemagne at the beginning of the 9th century in the battle against the Saxon Duke Wittekind. In thanks he received from the emperor a “coat of arms divided into three diagonal parts in red and silver”.
The family line
The familial line of the Saxon-Thuringian family Schönburg is first documented with Hermannus de Sconeburg. The barons of Schönburg possessed imperial free territory. In 1180 Glauchau was added, in 1200, Lichtenstein. The free territories of Waldenburg, Hartenstein, Wechselburg, Penig and Rochsburg were appended.
The political importance of the family was manifested when Emperor Leopold I raised the entire house of Schönburg to the status of county in the Holy Roman Empire in 1700. In 1790, Emperor Leopold II awarded Count Otto Karl Friedrich von Schönburg the status of prince. After the end of the Holy Roman Empire, the counts of Schönburg continued to exercise certain rights, similar to those of the former ruling houses.
Joachim Count of Schönburg-Glauchau
was born in 1929 in the old Schönburg territory of Glauchau. As a result of the war, the family moved to West Germany, where Count Schönburg worked as journalist and author. In 1965 he received an offer from the German Department of State to establish radio service in Somalia. Count Schönburg lived and worked for five years in Africa before returning with his family to Germany.
After the Fall of the Wall, he felt drawn to return to Saxony, his family’s home. In 1990 he rented an apartment in the old Rochsburg, the family seat of the counts of Schönburg, whence he had fled in 1945. With a great amount of commitment and love for his homeland, he attempted in his position as parliamentarian for the CDU party in the district of Glauchau between 1990 and 1994 to solve the problems caused by decades of German separation. When Count Schönburg died in 1998, the era of aristocratic residents in the castle of Rochsburg came to an end.