Princess Elsa, the Hitler Supporter of Byzantine Origin

Elsa Bruckmann together with her husband Hugo Bruckmann
Elsa Bruckmann together with her husband Hugo Bruckmann

History is like a mix of faint details, like an endless puzzle with infinite pieces that may never merge into a single image.

This is also the case in the largely unknown story of Elsa Bruckmann (1865-1946), who went down in history as a fervent personal admirer of Adolf Hitler. She supported him financially from his earliest days in politics and made it her mission to introduce the Führer to the leading Jewish industrialist lobby of the time.

Elsa was not always a Bruckmann. She was a woman of high historical legacy with an important name. Elsa was born as Princess Cantacuzène of Romania, daughter of Prince Theodor Cantacuzène of Romania.

Along with her father, she claimed descent from a family dating back to the Byzantine Empire, the royal Byzantine house of Kantakouzenos, anglicized as Cantacuzène. During the Byzantine era the family provided two emperors and became associated after the Fall of Constantinople, with enterprises in the Ottoman regions of Wallachia and Moldavia, modern-day Romania and Ukraine, as well as in Russia.

According to historical sources, Elsa Bruckmann along with businessmen, representatives of higher social classes, German elite ladies and individuals, were financing the Nazi leader before and after his failed coup in 1923, up until his last days as Führer.

As the wife of a German publisher, Hugo Bruckmann, who was also a devotee of Hitler, she became fascinated by the leadership profile of Hitler and enlisted her circle of friends to raise financial and political support for the rising leader.

Elsa had the strong belief that by supporting Hitler, she was contributing to the reconstruction and strengthening of Germany.



  1. Some Greeks are sheep incapable of critical thinking. There is no such thing as a “Byzantine”. They were Greek speaking Romans.

    Use the name they used not the name given to them by modern Germans (that at the time claimed to be the real Romans – see Holy Roman Empire). The term “Byzantine” is used as a political weapon against us to distance us from both our middle age ancestors and ancient Greeks. Byzantine is even an insult in English.

    In other words, any Greek with half a brain stem does not use the term “Byzantine”.

  2. The Byzantine Empire was initially known as the Eastern Roman Empire. It survived the 5th century fall of the Western Roman Empire and continued to exist for an additional thousand years until it fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1453.

    A majority of the Byzantine Empire’s Emperors, soldiers and citizens were of Greek descent. (except perhaps during the period of it’s greatest expansion under Emperor Justinian, when it’s territories encompased the Balkans, Italy, Southern Spain, Asia Minor, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and North Africa). It’s capital city, culture, language, power structure and elite were always primarily Greek. All Hellenic nationalists shoulf be proud of the Byzantine role in Hellenic history.

    During most of its existence, the empire was the most powerful economic, cultural, and military force in Europe. Both “Byzantine Empire” and “Eastern Roman Empire” are historiographical terms applied in later centuries; its citizens continued to refer to their empire as the Roman Empire (Ancient Greek: Βασιλεία Ῥωμαίων.
    It’s capital was the Ancient Greek city of Byzantium, later renamed Constantinople by the Emperor Constantine the Great on May 11th, 330AD.
    Byzantium is distinguished from ancient Rome proper insofar as it was oriented towards Greek rather than Latin culture, and characterised by Orthodox Christianity rather than Roman polytheism.