Figure 1.--Malwine is seen here playing cards with two of her children during a vist to her father. Heinrich resting his feet in Bismarck's dog Tyra suggests that they were frequent visitors. Click on the image to see Otto her oldest boy with Bismarck and her husband. The illiustrator is C. W. Allers.
Otto had a brother and sister, although I know little about them at this time. Bismarck was a middle child, 5 years yonger than his older brother Bernhard (1810- ). His younger sister, Malwine (1827- ) was the darling of the family. She apparently married Count Rantzau and became the Duchess von Rantzau-Bismarck. They had three sons, one of them married Bismarck's daughter Marie.
Bismarck was a middle child, 5 years yonger than his older brother Bernhard (1810- ). The both wer sent to boarding school in Berlin. Thy divided the family patrimony.
Otto was the middle child. He was born the year that Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo by Blutcher and Wellington.
Bismarck's younger sister, Malwine (1827- ) was much younger than the to boys. She was thus the baby and darling of the family. She apparently married Count Rantzau and became the Duchess von Rantzau-Bismarck. They had three sons, one of them married Bismarck's daughter Marie. Malwine is seen here playing cards with two of her children during a vist to her father (figure1). Thevboy on the left is Heinrich Rantzau, he is using the dog Tyra as a foot rest. I'm not sure what the younger boy's name was. There was an older boy nmed Otto who married Bismarck's daughter. The image is interesting because it not only shows how the boys were dressed, but shows Bismarck's parlor and life style. The boys all wear kneepants and long stockings. The youngr boy looks to be wearing a sailor suit. They are in the evening olaying cards and reading. Also note the boys' short hair cuts, much shorter than that of Bismarck as a boy. The estate of the Rantzau family was Friedrichsruh.
Allers, C.W. and Hans Kraemer. Unser Bismarck" "Our Bismarck" (Union Deutsche Verlagsgesellschaft, Stuttgart, 1900).
Ludwig, Emil. Bismarck: The Story of a Fighter (Little, Brown, and Company, 1927).
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