Last updated
Moltke coat of arms Moltke-Wappen.png
Moltke coat of arms

Moltke is a noble family resident in Germany and Scandinavia, originally from Mecklenburg. Members of the family have been noted as statesmen, high military officers and major landowners in Denmark and Germany.


The family is descended from Fridericus Meltiko, a knight of Mecklenburg who lived in the mid 13th century. [1]



Related Research Articles

Kreisau Circle Group of German anti-Nazi dissidents

The Kreisau Circle (1940–1944) was a group of about twenty-five German dissidents led by Helmuth James von Moltke, who met at his estate in the rural town of Kreisau, Silesia. The circle was composed of men and a few women from a variety of backgrounds, including those of noble descent, devout Protestants and Catholics, professionals, socialists and conservatives. Despite their differences, the members of the Kreisau Circle found common interest in their opposition to Hitler's Nazi regime on both moral and religious grounds. At their meetings, the circle discussed how they would reorganize the German government after the end of the Third Reich.

Helmuth von Moltke the Elder 19th century German Field Marshal

Graf Helmuth Karl Bernhard von Moltke was a Prussian field marshal. The chief of staff of the Prussian Army for thirty years, he is regarded as the creator of a new, more modern method of directing armies in the field. He commanded troops in Europe and the Middle East, commanding during the Second Schleswig War, Austro-Prussian War and the Franco-Prussian War. He is described as embodying "Prussian military organization and tactical genius." He was fascinated with railways and pioneered their military usage. He is often referred to as Moltke the Elder to distinguish him from his nephew Helmuth Johann Ludwig von Moltke, who commanded the German Army at the outbreak of World War I.

Helmuth von Moltke the Younger

Helmuth Johannes Ludwig Grafvon Moltke, also known as Moltke the Younger, was a German general and Chief of the Great German General Staff. He was also the nephew of Generalfeldmarschall Helmuth Karl Bernhard von Moltke who is commonly called "Moltke the Elder" to differentiate the two.

Helmuth James von Moltke German resistance member

Helmuth James Graf von Moltke was a German jurist who, as a draftee in the German Abwehr, acted to subvert German human-rights abuses of people in territories occupied by Germany during World War II. He was a founding member of the Kreisau Circle opposition group, whose members opposed the government of Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany, and discussed prospects for a Germany based on moral and democratic principles after Hitler. The Nazi government executed him for treason for his participation in these discussions.

Parchim Place in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

Parchim is a town in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. It is the capital of the Ludwigslust-Parchim district. It was the birthplace of Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, to whom a monument was erected in 1876.

Moltke is a noble family resident in Germany and Scandinavia.

Adam Wilhelm Moltke

Adam Wilhelm, Greve Moltke was in 1848-1852 the first Prime Minister of Denmark in the new constitutional monarchy outlined in 1848 and signed as the Danish Constitution on 5 June 1849 by Frederik VII of Denmark.

Adam Gottlob Moltke

Count Adam Gottlob Moltke was a Danish courtier, statesman and diplomat, and Favourite of Frederick V of Denmark. Moltke was born at Riesenhof in Mecklenburg. His son, Joachim Godske Moltke, and his grandson, Adam Wilhelm Moltke, later served as Prime Minister of Denmark.

Ulrich Wilhelm Graf Schwerin von Schwanenfeld

Ulrich-Wilhelm Graf von Schwerin von Schwanenfeld was a German landowner, officer, and resistance fighter against the Nazi régime. His name is commonly shortened to Schwerin.

Harald Moltke

Harald Viggo Moltke was a Danish painter, author and explorer. Among his activities Moltke, participated as draftsman in four Arctic expeditions.

Finck von Finckenstein

Finck von Finckenstein is a noble family classified as Uradel. It is one of the oldest Prussian aristocratic families extant, dating back to the 12th century in the Duchy of Carinthia.

Otto Joachim Moltke

Otto Joachim Moltke was a lawyer and government official. He was the Minister of State of Denmark from 1824 to 1842.

Ernst Karl Ferdinand von Prittwitz und Gaffron was a Royal Prussian Lieutenant General and Knight of Justice of the Order of Saint John.

Joachim Godske Moltke

Joachim Godske Moltke was the Privy Council of Denmark from 1814 to 1818. He was also father of Prime Minister Adam Wilhelm Moltke and the son of Danish diplomat Adam Gottlob Moltke.

Von der Decken family

von der Decken is a Hanoverian family of German nobility. Since more than 750 years the center of the family is in a part of Lower Saxony at the south bank of the river Elbe called Kehdingen.

James Rose Innes

Sir James Rose Innes was the Chief Justice of South Africa from 1914 to 1927 and, in the view of many, its greatest ever judge. Before becoming a judge he was a member of the Cape Parliament, the Cape Colony's Attorney-General, and a prominent critic of Cecil John Rhodes. His maternal grandson was Helmuth James Graf von Moltke, a prominent opponent of the Third Reich.

Wilhelm Friedrich Röttger was an executioner in Nazi Germany.

Helsingør Custom House

Helsingør Custom House is a former custom house situated next to Helsingør station in central Helsingør, Denmark. Completed in 1891 to a Historicist design by Johan Daniel Herholdt, it replaced Øresund Custom House, which had played a central role in Denmark's collection of Sound Dues before it was demolished in connection with an expansion of the harbour in the 1860s. The new custom house remained in use until 1976 and is today part of the Kulturværftet, a nearby cultural centre, hosting smaller concerts, exhibitions and other events.

Amaliegade 15–17

Amaliegade 15–17 are two originally symmetrical, Rococo-style townhouses located close to Amalienborg Palace in the Frederiksstaden district of central Copenhagen, Denmark. The exterior of the buildings was designed by the architect Nicolai Eigtved who had also created the overall masterplan for the neighbourhood. The house at No. 15 was heightened with a half floor in 1891.

Carl Emil Moltke Danish diplomat

Carl Emil Moltke was a Danish diplomat and landowner. He owned Aagaard from 1804 and Nørager from 1837.