Daisy Princess Of Pless -- A Discovery: A Discovery

Koch, W. John

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Synopsis: Married to one of Imperial Germany's wealthiest princes, Daisy of Pless nee Cornwallis-West occupied a prominent place in Edwardian Society. The biography of Princess Daisy of Pless becomes a journey of discovery through the life of a woman who was beautiful, intelligent, idealistic, and creative in pursuing her humanitarian and political goals. Daisy of Pless was the friend of King Edward VII and Emperor Wilhelm II. She fought against many adversities for the betterment of life of the poor and the working class and for peace in Europe. In the end, although as a woman and as a member of her class she was ahead of her time, her accomplishments went unrecognized and she was quickly forgotten except by the poor and the working people of Lower Silesia she had helped so effectively. Celebrated as one of the great beauties of Edwardian England and as the glamorous hostess of the international set at Castle Furstenstein in Imperial Germany, Daisy of Pless led a life of remarkable triumphs that ended suddenly with the onset of the Great War. Between 1914 and 1918, condemned to life in enemy country, she served as auxiliary nurse on German and Austrian hospital trains in France and in Serbia. Her last triumph was the publication of her diaries after 1927. Her life ended in a great tragedy of chronic illness, social isolation, and poverty. With this startling biography, the accomplishments of Daisy of Pless may rise from obscurity to a recognized place in history and inspire readers everywhere.

About the Author: John Koch was born in the German province of Silesia. Following World War II, John studied history at the University of Wurzburg before emigrating to Canada in 1954. After graduating in 1960 from the University of British Columbia with a Master's degree in social work, he worked in the social welfare and health care field in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and, from 1964 to 1987, in Alberta. Since retiring, John has devoted his time to writing. John has published articles in professional journals in Canada, the United States, and in Poland. He is the author of the illustrated volume Schloss Furstenstein (since 1945 Zamek Ksiaz). He also wrote the German version of the biography of Daisy Princess of Pless, Daisy von Pless, Furstliche Rebellin. Both books were published in Germany in 1989 and 1990. In 1995, John and his wife Maria completed To the Town that Bears Your Name, a previously unpublished story by the German-Canadian pioneer and financier Martin Nordegg, written for his daughter Marcelle in 1912. Translated from German by Maria with a brief biography written by John, this book was published by Brightest Pebble Publishing Co. in 1995. It was followed by the German edition, Zur Stadt, die Deinen Namen tragt, in 1996. In 1997, Brightest Pebble published John's biography of Martin Nordegg, Martin Nordegg, the Uncommon Immigrant. In 2003, John opened his own publishing firm, BOOKS by W. JOHN KOCH PUBLISHING, located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In the same year, he published Daisy Princess of Pless - A Discovery, the English version of John's earlier biography Daisy von Pless, Furstliche Rebellin. Published in March 2004, his most recent book NO ESCAPE - My Young Years under Hitler's Shadow, has been translated into German by his wife Maria and awaits its publication in Germany.

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