The Inheritance

Legal situation

After Walter Reinhard’s death in 1778, his wife managed the fortune. Later she put the fortune under the protection of the “English Crown”.

The Times reports in an article of November 7, 1871:

“ The very valuable property Pergunnah Badschapore Jharsa was given to Reinhard as hereditary and transferable property in all future. After Reinhard’s death the property was changed over to his son and afterwards in his succession to Begum Sumroo through an “Althumga”. All this happened long before the East Indian Company came into possession of these estates.

It is a royal gift and as tax-free property it is hereditary and sellable.

This legal condition is fact until today.

In the verdict of the Privy Council on May 11, 1872 it was made clear that the English Government took possession of these estates, “for those, which are authorized to them, under the law”.

It cannot be spoken of a “legal process of taking this property in possession” by the English Government. But it cannot be excluded that in the meantime the Indian State or the Church has taken this property legally in possession.

Earlier General Assignees of the heirs could already investigate that:

  1. The inheritance, money and estates still exists
  2. The Eisenberg Bloodline is the lawful heir
  3. The English Government is obligated to handing out the inheritance or to compensation.

Contract of Versailles

Until today there isn’t any proof that the inheritance has been settled in accordance with the Contract of Versailles. There is no evidence that the inheritance has been carried out.

Agreement between the Government of the “German Reich” and the Government of the United Kingdom and North Ireland . (December 28, 1929)

Through this agreement the German fortune is released. The Reinhard fortune is still available today to its lawful heirs, as it has never been settled.

Possible Limitation

According to current legal reports and after the verdict of the Privy Council of 1872 there has not been a limitation, yet.

At first the Begum Sumroo had undeniable possession of the hereditary estates up to 1836, then the fortune was looked at as “lapsed” (expired) and from that point on taken into trust. According to English juristic representatives and Indian experts, hereditary estates taken into trust and all resulting profits do not oblige any limitation.

Corresponding confirmations arise from further court decisions from the years 1871 and 1872.

Has the claim been handled with a comparison in the meantime?

To this day, there is no indication in any verdicts, documents, files or any other correspondence on hand that the matter was settled in a comparison with the lawful heirs.

Any calls for possible heirs and other advertising to find a conclusion have been without concrete results.


The verdict of the Privy Council of May 11, 1872 has clearly identified that there is a legal right for all German heirs of Mr. Johann Walter Reinhard to claim the English possessions as well as all of his other substantial fortune positions.

Different legal reports (among others Mr. Hans Langhirt, Mr. Dr. Hans Greiner and Mr. Top District Court Judge Richard) come to the same result.

The claim right of the German heirs arises from the will of Johann Walter Reinhard set up in the year 1775.

Additionally, the claim right of the German heirs arises from the legal descent, which is documented by complete pedigrees and show the relationship to Mr. Walter Reinhard.

Complete pedigrees of the Eisenberger Bloodline are available.

Divergent juristic views or verdicts aren’t known of. The claim is legitimate.

Bernd Haber