Prince Antoni Radziwill was a sponsor of the famous musician Frédéric Chopin. Niccolò Paganini, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Beethoven also were prince’s guests.
On this day in 1833, the wealthy Polish-Lithuanian Prince Antoni Radziwill died. He belonged to one of the richest and most powerful families in Europe. The Radziwiłł family owned hundreds of thousands of acres in the area of Lithuania, Belarus, Poland and Ukraine. They also owned many castles and palaces. It is interesting to note that the sister of U.S. President Kennedy married a man named Prince Radziwill, and this happened in the 20th century.
Prince Antoni Radziwill was sponsor of the famous musician Frédéric Chopin. He owned the Radziwiłł Palace at Wilhelmstrasse in Berlin. It is interesting that, later, the palace became the seat of the German Chancellor, i.e. the Office of the Reich (German: Reichskanzlei).The famous Hitler`s Führerbunker was built in the courtyard of the palace.
Niccolò Paganini, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Beethoven were also the prince’s guests. Antoni Radziwill was born in 1775, and he was a contemporary of the famous English novelist Jane Austen (the author of the novels Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, etc.). Napoleon Bonaparte was about six years older than Prince Radziwill.
Prince Antoni married Princess Luisa of Prussia. Her uncle was the famous Prussian king Frederick the Great (opponent of the Empress Maria Theresa). Prince Antoni Radziwill died on this day in Berlin, where he owned the mentioned palace.