My Reply to Axis
Adding and correcting some posts on this topic so far.
I am a grandson of Professor Dr Katharina Freifrau von Künßberg. My mother is the sister of the Jehle's grandmother (Axis members ejehle and kjehle).
Katharina, when in Heidelberg, was hidden and protected by their longtime faithfull maid. Katherina, as Professor of Zoology at Heidelberg University had many friends who highly respected her and her husband Professor Dr Eberhard von Kuenssberg. I understand from my mother that some neighbours also helped to warn them of imminent raids by the gestapo.
There were other occasions where Professor Dr Katharina Freifrau von Künßberg was hidden by Margit Countess Szápáry who lived at Castle Finstergrün in Ramingstein (district of Tamsweg, province of Salzburg), a small village about 100 miles South of Salzburg. Margit von Szápáry was loyal to the last Austrian chancellor, Kurt von Schuschnigg, before the annexation of Austria by Hitler. She hid my grandmother, for several summers in her house in Ramingstein. This has been a topic of university research by Christian Blinzer of Graz, Austria. When times became difficult, my grandmother would flee to the forest nearby and live off mushrooms for days or sometimes weeks until it was safe to return to Ramingstein.
The other Eberhard von Kuenssberg was in fact Eberhard Max Paul von Kuenssberg who was a major in the Nazi army and died in Budapest in 1945. He came from the same Kuenssberg nobility as Prof Dr Eberhard von Kuenssberg but a different line, from two brothers born in the years 141? and 1414. My grandfather was Prof Dr Eberhard Georg Otto von Kuenssberg from the second line.
My grandfather did not die from cancer in 1941, rather he was murdered on the operating theatre table by the surgeon at the orders of the gestapo. My uncle, Dr Ekke von Kuenssberg, interviewed the surgeon after the war ended in 1945 as to why a simple ulcer surgery ended in death. The surgeon apologised to my uncle. He had no choice as the Gestapo in the operating theatre had given him orders that my grandfather was not to come out alive. That was becuase he refused to follow Hilter - today we call it concientious objection.
My grandparents sent all their children out of Germany as they were well aware of the negative changes going on in Germany under Hilter. Who wouldn't? my mother had to leave school in 1935 because of antisemetism. My grandfather was disgusted that Austria and Germany had been taken over by a working class man, a unionist, who spent two years in a psychiatric hospital and then, had taken over Austria and Germany. Previously, nobles had a major part in all governance of Austria and Germany. Therefore he was well aware of the change in the poitical atmosphere. Germany was being led to destruction by this phsycho, Hitler. So he sent all the children out one by one - to England and USA, where they continued their studies.
We are proud to have survived and all descendants are contributing to medicine and science.
Dr A Aharon