The overgrown ruins of Kopice Castle, Poland

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Nice to see this castle posted here. It has an interesting/tragic history attached to it. In 1859 it was bought by a young noble couple, Hans Ulrich von Schaffgotsch and Joanna Grycik von Schomberg-Godulla. It’s the Godulla in Joanna’s name that is interesting. Her father died when she was young, and her mother was a maid in the household of the very wealthy [Karl Godulla](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Godulla). When K. Godulla was getting old, he decided to will his massive estate (manors, money, mines, smelter businesses) to his maid’s daughter because he wasn’t close to his family. She inherited everything in 1848 at 6 years old when K. Godulla died, became a very celebrated member of the royal court, and was made a noblewoman by the Prussian king. Part of the inheritance agreement was that she would take and keep the Godulla name. She married a count, and took her husband’s name when she became a countess, but added Godulla to the end. They lived happily ever after, buying Kopice Castle in 1859, and both dying there (hubby died in about 1905, Joanna died in 1910). In 1945 the Nazis plundered the castle and town, and opened Joanna and her husband’s [mausoleum](https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joanna_Schaffgotsch#/media/File:Koppitz_mauzoleum.JPG), opened the [graves](https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joanna_Schaffgotsch#/media/File:Koppitz_mauzoleum.JPG), stood the caskets up, displayed the bodies to the public because the nazis disliked most of the German nobility and because there was a legend that Joanna’s biological father was Jewish.

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