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Gustav Albrecht, 5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

Gustav Albrecht, 5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

The basics
Quick Facts
Gender male
Birth 28 February 1907 (Bad Berleburg, Siegen-Wittgenstein, Arnsberg Government Region, North Rhine-Westphalia)
Death 29 November 1969
Father: Richard4th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Spouse: Margareta Fouché
Children: Princess Tatiana of Sayn-Wittgenstein-BerleburgRichard6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-BerleburgPrince Robin of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
The details

Gustav Albrecht Alfred Franz Friedrich Otto Emil Ernst, 5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, 28 February 1907 – 1944 (declared legally dead 29 November 1969) was Prince and head of the House of Sayn-Wittgenstein. He was the son of Richard, 4th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

Personal life

Gustav Albrecht, 5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (Gustav Albrecht Alfred Franz Friedrich Otto Emil Ernst as born on 28 February 1907 at Berleburg, Germany. He married Margareta Fouché d'Otrante (28 March 1909 – 25 August 2005), daughter of Charles Fouché, 6th Duc d'Otrante, on 26 January 1934 at Björnlunda, Södermanland Län, Sweden.

In June 1944, he was serving as an officer in the German army during the campaign against the Soviet Union. After disappearing during a mission near the Belarusian city of Orsha, Gustav Albrecht was declared missing in action. His family did not seek to have him declared dead until after the birth of his grandson and heir eventual Prince Gustav on 12 January 1969; 29 November 1969 is listed as the official date of death for Gustav Albrecht.

He is alternately known as Gustav Albrecht Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

Military service honors

Prince Gustav Albrecht served in the German Army in the rank of field officer/field-grade officer (Ic-Stabsoffizier) with the title of Rittmeister der Reserve in the 23rd Panzer-Division. Nearly two months after his disappearance during Operation Bagration in June 1944, he was awarded the German Cross in Silver (Kriegsorden des Deutschen Kreuzes in Silber) on 18 August 1944. Additionally, he was awarded the War Merit Cross 1st. class with swords (Kriegsverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse mit Schwertern), also known as the KVK 1, which was instituted on 18 October 1939 by Hitler; the date of this honor is not known.


  • Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (29 October 1934-13 March 2017) married Princess Benedikte of Denmark on 3 February 1968, and they have issue.
  • Princess Madeleine (b 22 April 1936) married Otto, Count zu Solms-Laubach, on 29 July 1958, and they have issue.
  • Prince Robin (29 January 1938) wed, firstly, Birgitta af Klercker on 29 January 1970 (divorced 4 October 1979); on 29 November 1979 he wed, secondly, Marie-Christine Heftler-Louiche, and they have issue.
  • Princess Tatiana (31 July 1940) married Moritz, Landgrave of Hesse on 3 June 1964 (divorced 16 October 1974), and they have issue.
  • Princess Pia (b 8 December 1942).
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