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The Hohenzollern / Re: Kaiser Wilhelm II
« on: September 28, 2007, 01:45:12 PM »
Huis Doorn is closing? I thought it was, but a foundation had stepped in and saved it.

The Hohenzollern / End of the Monarchies
« on: September 27, 2007, 10:06:43 AM »
There seems to be a contradiction in German history that I am having to understand. On the one hand some of the German monarchies were very popular, some popular, some not so popular. Yet the Revolution swept them all away. How does one account for the popularity of the King of Saxony and the King of Wurttemberg and yet they, too, were deposed. And the King of Bavaria was the first to go, but he was popular, too, correct?

Was German German society simply divided between those who wanted an end to the monarchies and those who didn't and, with the end of the war, the fomer got the upper hand?

During the discussions for the Weimar constitution was any serious attempt made to restore the monarchies, even if that meant one of the Kaiser's sons for example?


The Hohenzollern / Re: Kaiser Wilhelm II
« on: September 27, 2007, 10:03:05 AM »
If I understand correctly, after WWI, Wilhelm II was blamed for starting the war by the Allies. This was even included in the Versailles Treaty. Did the German people blame him for the war? Is this still the accepted theory in Germany? It seems to me, at least from my reading in English that he is no longer blamed and has been rehabilitated from the monster and war criminal images that characterized him immediately after the war. What about the French view? Any rehabilitation there?

Anyway, the Allies did get their reparations and Germany paid through the nose...even to this day or at least recently. My last Audi purchase had a line item on the invoice for war 1994.

Huh? I thought reparations were forgiven when the US needed German help during the Cold War? And, were reparations taxes on individuals? I thought that they were payments by the government.

Cecilie lived in Potsdam until the Russians came, correct? Where did she live afterwards? Was she able to maintain any style or was she destitute like the rest of Germany?

Have the Wettins had any success in reclaiming property in Saxony, such as Schloss Wachwitz and other residences?

The Wittlesbachs / Re: Todays Wittlesbach?
« on: August 29, 2007, 11:41:24 AM »
But there is no serious movement to restore the Bavarian or other German monarchs, is there?

The Wittlesbachs / Re: Todays Wittlesbach?
« on: August 27, 2007, 12:21:24 PM »
Is their still a monarchist movement in Bavaria? Or has it died out?

I read that when King Friedrich August III was asked to abdicate he said, "Macht doch Eiern Dreck alleene!" Does that mean, "All power comes through an egg?" Also, was the revolution in Dresden violent or was it more or less peaceful? Thanks.

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