Georg Von Trapp

Date Of Birth - 4th April 1880

Death - 30th May 1947 (aged 67) He died at the Trapp's new home in Stowe, Vermont (USA) at 4:30am from lung cancer.

Birthplace - Georg Ludwig Ritter Von Trapp was born in Zara, Dalmatia, (then part of Austria-Hungary but now part of Croatia).

Childhood - Georg's father, August Trapp was a naval officer who had been given the Austrian nobility which meant he and his children were entitled to use 'Ritter' (knight) and 'Von' in their names. August died when Georg was only 4 years old. Georg's sister, Hede Von Trapp was an Austrian artist and his brother, Werner Von Trapp, died in 1915 in World War 1.

Job - In 1984 Georg entered the Austro-Hungarian navy and followed in his fathers footsteps. He attended Naval school and graduated 4 years later before competing 2 further years training on voyages. In 1902 he passed his officer's examination and 1908 he transferred to U-boats (submarines) and in 1910 he was given command of the newly-constructed U-6.
he sank- The French armoured cruiser Leon Gambetta - 21st April 1915
- The Italian submarine Nereide - 5th August 1915
-The British Tanker Teakwood - 28th April 1917
-The Italian Steamer Antonio Scesa - 3rd May 1917
-The Greek Steamer Marionga Goulandris - 5th July 1917
-The French Steamer Constance - 23rd August 1917
-The British Steamer Kilwinning - 24th August 1917
-The British Steamer Titian - 26th August 1917
-The British Steamer Naim - 28th August 1917
-The Italian Steamer Milazzo - 29th August 1917
-The British Steamer Good Hope - 18th October 1917
-The British Steamer Elsiston - 18th October 1917
-The Italian Steamer Capo Di Monte - 23rd October 1917
he captured - The Greek steamer Cefalonia - 29th August 1915
He received the Knights Cross of the Militar Order of Maria Theresa. After World War 1 Austria split from Hungary and was left without a coast meaning Trapp was without a job.

Marriage - Agathe Whitehead married 1911-1922Maria Kutschera married 1927 - 1947
Children Rupert Von Trapp - 1911-1992
Agathe Von Trapp - 1913 - 2010
Maria Von Trapp - 1914 - present
Werner Von Trapp - 1915 - 2007
Hedwig Von Trapp - 1917 - 1972
Johanna Von Trapp - 1919 - 1994
Martina Von Trapp - 1921 - 1951
Rosmarie Von Trapp - 1928 - present
Eleonore Von Trapp - 1931 - present
Johannes Von Trapp - 1939 - present

'The Trapp Family Singers' - 1935 - The bank in which Captain Von Trapp had all his money went bankrupt and so they lost everything. In order to survive, the family rented out rooms in their house to students and lived only on the top floor. Father Franz Wasner moved in with them as their chaplain and it was then the started singing. Lotte Lehmann heard the family sing and suggested they give concerts and perform on the radio. Kurt Schuschnigg (Austrian Chancellor) heard them and invited them to perform in Vienna. They became a popular touring act after performing at Salzburg Music Festival in 1935 and were offered tours in numerous countries!

Break out of the Second World War - Within one week the Trapp Family were offered 3 different positions promoting Hitler and the Nazi Party. Captain Von Trapp was requested as serve a Naval Captain for the Nazi party with which he firmly disagreed. His eldest son was requested to serve as a doctor at a hospital in a different part of Austria, and the 'Trapp Family Singers' were asked to sing for Hitler himself at a rally. Deciding they could not turn down 3 requests from the Nazi party in the same week, they had to flee the country in order to survive. Father Wasner accompanied them as they told everyone they were going on a family holiday for a week to Italy, however they did not return. Their home was confiscated by the Nazi's and an agent from the USA sent 10 tickets for them to board a boat and go do a tour in North America escaping from the war in Europe.

The Trapp's in America - Initially they were known as the 'Trapp Family Choir' and performed in many concert hall's across America and Canada including New York City's 'Town Hall'. When it came to their visa needing a renewal the family were declined and so had to leave the USA. Remembering a few people who had offered them tours in Scandinavia they went there and continued making money from their singing. After a few months they were able to return to the USA and give more concerts there. At this point World War 2 was in full swing and people were allowed to stay in America wavering their visa's and thus at least part of the Trapp family remain in Stowe, Vermont to this day. While they were not singing they ran a music camp at their home in Vermont. Maria and her 6 step daughter applied to become US citizens in 1944, Rupert and Werner became citizens because they served in World War 2, Maria's 2 daughters became citizens because their mother was and Johannes was born in the USA. Captain Von Trapp never applied for citizenship and died in 1947 of lung cancer.



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