Novel by Procházka

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Roman Freiherr von Procházka (temporarily only Roman Procházka ; born November 20, 1900 in Prague , † July 24, 1990 in Munich ) was a Czechoslovak lawyer , genealogist and author .


Procházka was the son of the Austrian ministerial councilor , composer and author Rudolph Freiherr von Procházka , member of the Prague Conservatory , Vice President and Managing Director of the Prague Music Examination Commission, regional music advisor, founder of the German Academy of Music and Performing Arts Association and founder and president of the German Academy of Music in Prague, and the Antonia Ludmilla Gundling . She was secretary of the Society of the Red Cross , chairwoman of the Relief Society in the Kingdom of Bohemia and president of the Club of German Women Artists in Prague.

In his first marriage in Mödling , Procházka was married to Elisabeth Thomaset from October 17, 1936 to April 17, 1937. His second marriage was in Prague on April 19, 1941, with Anna Krzesaldo von Lindenstand. The two daughters Isabella and Marietta come from this marriage.


From 1906 Procházka attended the training school of the kk teacher training institute. In 1910 he received a foundation place at the Graf Straka Academy, a Prague boys' boarding school for the Bohemian nobility . As in the First World War , the Academy was transformed into a reserve hospital, he moved Staatsgymnasium to the German kk on which he will be on February 27th, 1918 War Matura took off. At the end of the First World War , Procházka was still involved in the Austro-Hungarian army . He then studied from January 15, 1919 to 1923 law at the German Karl Ferdinand University in Prague.

Procházka then worked as a lawyer at the International Court of Justice and in the early 1930s as the Austrian consul in Addis Ababa for two years until he was recalled in February 1934 because some of his activities "were not compatible with the diplomatic office". Back in Austria, he wrote his book Abyssinia: the black danger (Vienna 1935), which was translated into several languages ​​(including English and Italian) and published abroad. During his time in Abyssinia , Procházka researched the genealogy of the Ethiopian imperial family. In 1938 he returned to Prague and worked as a syndic in the foreign trade of the sugar industry.

In 1944, Procházka was drafted into the German armed forces during World War II . Sentenced to seven years in prison and forced labor in Czech mines for his collaboration with the National Socialists after the end of the war, after his release from 1954 to 1964 he was employed as a civil servant in a serum and vaccine institute in Prague. In the following year, Procházka received permission to emigrate to the Federal Republic of Germany. He moved to Ellwangen to live with relatives who had previously helped him to post parts of his library to Ellwangen. Initially, he worked as an independently publishing private scholar in Ellwangen and since 1971 in Munich. Procházka worked as a phaleric expert for the Graf Klenau OHG auction house. He was also active as a historian and genealogist as well as the author of numerous articles in genealogical journals and some genealogical books.

Procházka was buried next to his mother in Prague.


The Central Office for Persons and Family History awarded him the Silver Medal of Merit on February 16, 1979, and since 1980 he has been an honorary member of the Heraldic-Genealogical Society of Adler in Vienna .

Procházka was Commander of the Order of Knights of St. George in Carinthia for Munich , Freising and Old Bavaria , and on September 25, 1979 he was appointed Grand Crusader of Justice.

Fonts (selection)

  • Abyssinia: the black danger. Saturn, Vienna 1935; Italian edition: Abissinia pericolo nero. Foreword by Ottavio Dinale. Bompiani, Milan 1935; English edition: Abyssinia: The Powder Barrel. British International News Agency, London 1936.
  • My 32 ancestors and their clan groups (= library of family history works. Volume 7). Degener & Co, Leipzig 1928.
  • Physiognomy and phenotype of the Gundlinge. A hereditary study through six centuries. In: Archives for kin research and all related areas. 31st year, issue 19, August 1965.
  • Genealogical handbook of extinct Bohemian gentry families. Main band. Degener & Co, Neustadt (Aisch) 1973, ISBN 3-7686-5002-2 .
    • Genealogical handbook of extinct Bohemian gentry families. Supplementary volume, Board of Directors of the Collegium Carolinum (ed.). R. Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag, Munich 1990, ISBN 3-486-54051-3 .
  • Austrian Order Handbook. 4 volumes. Graf-Klenau-OHG, Munich 1974.
  • The constitutional position and cultural-political significance of the historical Bohemian gentry. In: Bohemia. Journal of the history and culture of the Czech lands . Volume 22, 1981, pp. 112-122 (digitized version ) .


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Lukas C. Gundling: The Prague Gundlings. in: Genealogical sheets of the Gunding family and related families No. 4. Schwäbisch Gmünd / Erfurt 2014, p. 7.
  2. Roman Baron von Procházka: My thirty-two ancestors , Degener, Leipzig 1928, p. 8.
  3. Aleme Eshete: Origin of Tribalization of Ethiopian Politics: From Fascism to Fascism. ( Memento of May 29, 2013 in the Internet Archive ).
  4. J. Calvitt Clarke: Mutual interests? Japan and Ethiopia before the italo-ethiopian war. 1935-36.
  5. Lukas C. Gundling: The ways of the Gundlinge to the east. In: Südwestdeutsche Blätter für Familien- und Wappenkunde (SWDB) 34 (2016), p. 98.