Patronal Tradition of the Family

Patronal Tradition of the Family

Fully in accordance with the family motto “Devotedly and Incessantly”, the Kolowrat-Krakowsky family has always focused on helping the public. They have strongly supported education and culture, helped people in difficult social and health situations, and participated in their region’s development.

Jindřich Kolowrat-Krakowsky (1897–1996) and his son František Tomáš Kolowrat-Krakowsky (1943–2004) continued this tradition after they came back from exile in America in 1989. Restitution of the property was not their only goal, as they also wanted to help democratic Czechoslovakia and the future Czech Republic in its socio-economic development, as they had a lot of experience in this field. As soon as they started to administer the Kolowrat property, they also started helping people in need.

1993 – Count Jindřich Kolowrat-Krakowsky rented the Kolowrat Palace to the National Theatre for a symbolic 1 Czech Crown per year for a period of 20 years.

1997 – Count František Tomáš Kolowrat-Krakowsky bought three new bells for the Roman St. George’s Church in Přimda, as the original bells had been destroyed after World War II.

2000 – Count František Tomáš Kolowrat-Krakowsky made a contribution of CZK 100.000 to the National Museum to support publication of an illustrated book of The History of the National Museum.

2002 – Count František Tomáš Kolowrat-Krakowsky donated a considerable amount of money to the Red Cross to help people in need and to repair damage caused by extensive flooding.

2008 – Maximilian, Francesca and Dominika Kolowrat-Krakowsky established the Endowment fund Kolowratek to continue the patronal tradition of the Kolowrat-Krakowsky family.