Felix Graf von Luckner letter
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Felix Graf von Luckner letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Luckner, Felix, Graf von, 1881-1966.
Title: Felix Graf von Luckner letter
Dates: 1929
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0507

Biographical/Historical Note

Felix Graf von Luckner (1881-1966) was born near Dresden, Germany. As a teenager he ran away to work as a cabin boy on the Russian vessel Niobe. He attended the Lubeck Navigation College in Germany, after which he served as an officer on the Petropolis. In 1910, Luckner married Petra Schulz from Hamburg. While serving in the Imperial German Navy, he is promoted to lieutenant junior grade. During World War I he commanded the cruiser Seeadler. As a captain in the German navy, Luckner sunk 14 ships; this, and his ability to evade capture, earned Luckner the nickname "The Sea Devil." The Seeadler sunk off the coast of Mopelia Island in 1917.

After the war, Luckner became an author and lecturer. He toured throughout the United States, and was awarded honorary citizenship in numerous American cities. Luckner returned to his mother's house in Halle, Germany, in 1939, where Hitler placed him under house arrest during World War II for refusing to give up his honorary U.S. citizenships and Masonic membership in order to represent the Nazi regime.

Luckner died April 13, 1966 in Malmo, Sweden.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a letter written by Felix Graf von Luckner while in Savannah, Georgia for a lecture in 1929. The letter is a note of good wishes to Mrs. Kingman White of Savannah.

Index Terms

Letters (correspondence)
Luckner, Felix, Graf von, 1881-1966.
Savannah (Ga.)--History.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from the letter's recipient.

Preferred Citation

item identification], Felix Graf von Luckner letter, MS 507, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Kingman White, 1971.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: Felix, Count Luckner to Mrs. Kingman White, 1929 January 23 ( 1.0 p. )
Sent from Savannah. Note of good wishes to Mrs. White.