Georg von Trapp, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Georg von Trapp

Trapp family's father

Date of Birth: 04-Apr-1880

Place of Birth: Zadar, Zadar County, Croatia

Date of Death: 30-May-1947

Profession: singer, military officer, submariner

Nationality: Austria

Zodiac Sign: Aries

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About Georg von Trapp

  • Baron Georg Johannes Ludwig Ritter von Trapp (4 April 1880 – 30 May 1947) was an Austro-Hungarian Navy officer and the patriarch of the Trapp Family Singers, whose lives were the inspiration for the musical play and movie The Sound of Music.
  • His naval exploits during World War I earned him numerous decorations, including the Military Order of Maria Theresa.
  • Under his command, the submarines SM U-5 and SM U-14 sank 13 Allied ships totaling about 45,669 gross register tons (GRT). Following Austria-Hungary's collapse after the war, Trapp returned to his family, but lost his wife to scarlet fever in 1922.
  • Five years later, he married his children's governess Maria Augusta Kutschera.
  • Most of the family's wealth was wiped out during the Great Depression, after Trapp had transferred his savings from a bank in London into an Austrian bank.
  • Maria later trained the children to perform at various events, as a way of earning a livelihood.
  • The family came under increasing threats of persecution from the Nazis after the Anschluss when Trapp refused to serve in the German Navy, due to his opposition to Nazi ideology.
  • He fled with his family to Italy and later to the United States, where he set up a farm and lived until his death in 1947. Maria von Trapp wrote of their time together in her memoir The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, which was the inspiration for Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway stage musical The Sound of Music in 1959, which was produced and directed by Robert Wise into a popular movie in 1965.

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