In Austria, nobility titles may no longer be used since 1918.
In Germany, the constitution of the Weimar Republic in 1919 abolished nobility and all nobility titles.
Since 1919, according to the German republican government, the nobility no longer exists as a legal entity. Nevertheless, the titles and noble designations of the nobility have not been abolished, as they have in Austria, and may still be carried. Legally they are now merely parts of the family name and in theory convey no status.
It is often said that nobility was abolished in Germany after World War I. That is not the true. It is simply a misinterpretation of article 109 of the former German Weimar Constitution. Translated properly this article of the constitution reads as follows, ". . . all advantages and disadvantages by social class and by birth are abolished. Usage of styles and titles are prohibited. Noble titles become part of the name. Ennobling a person is no longer allowed anymore. . . ." This means that the usage of all princely, royal and imperial warranties, grants etc. were not allowed any longer. It was forbidden.
Karl Heidenreich wrote:Nowadays the "noble" offsprings of the German aristrocacies are part of the decadent "jet set", you saw them in magazines that use to publish the photos of scandals, Harry using swastikas and Paris Hilton getting out of her Lamborghini in mini skirt.
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