Count Carl Gustaf Bloomfield Eric von
Rosen (born June 2 1879 in Stockholm, died April 25 1948 Skeppsholmen, Stockholm) was a Swedish Honorary doctor, patron, explorer and ethnographer.
von Rosen was married to baroness Mary
(1886-1967) with whom he had six children: Bjorn (b.
1905), Mary (b. 1906), Carl Gustaf
(b. 1909), Birgitta (b. 1913), Egil (b. 1919), and
Anna (b. 1926). Eric von Rosen's father was count Carl Gustaf
von Rosen and his mother was Ella Carlton Moore of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He was brother to count Clarence von Rosen
Relationship to Hermann Göring
Rosen was also to become brother-in-law to Hermann Göring
, when his wife's sister,
Carin von Kantzow, married Göring. Everything had started when Göring was
flying Eric von Rosen in bad weather from Stockholm to Rockelstad castle, at the lake Båven in Sörmland,
Due to bad weather conditions, Göring had to stay at
the castle. There he acquainted the sister of von Rosen's wife,
Carin von Kantzow
. She was at that
time married to a Swedish officer, but would be his big love and
The von Rosen swastika
Eric von Rosen had been using a swastika
a personal owner's mark. He originally saw the symbol on runestones in Gotland, while at
Knowing that the symbol signified good luck for the
Vikings, he utilized the symbol and had it carved into all his
luggage when going on an expedition to South America in 1901. Being
a friend of Finland, he gave the newly-independent state an
aircraft, which signified the beginning of the Finnish Air Force
. The aircraft, a license
manufactured Morane-Saulnier MS
, was marked
with his badge, a blue swastika on a white background. The Finnish
Air Force adopted this as their national insignia.
Göring had noted the swastika during his stay in Sweden and at von
Rosens' castle (forged into a metal piece at the fireplace).
However, the swastika of the German Nazi party had been adopted
already in 1920, two years before Göring met Adolf Hitler
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