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The Trial of the Kaiser$
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William A. Schabas

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198833857

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198833857.001.0001

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Implementing Article 227

Implementing Article 227

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The Trial of the Kaiser

William A. Schabas

Oxford University Press

In late June 1919, as preparations were underway for the signing ceremony of the Treaty of Versailles, rumours reached Paris that the German Crown Prince, who had also found asylum in the Netherlands, was returning home, where he would lead a monarchist revival. The Council of Four sent a message to the Dutch warning them of their concerns and insisting that the Kaiser be safely interned. The Allies were embarrassed when the rumour proved to be false. At the same time, the Council of Four received a strange letter from the former German Chancellor, Theobald van Bethmann-Hollweg, offering to stand in for the Kaiser and take the blame for acts attributed to him. The Council of Four also drafted a letter addressed to the Dutch demanding the Kaiser’s surrender, but agreed to wait before sending it until the Treaty of Versailles entered into force.

Keywords:   Theobald van Bethmann-Hollweg, Treaty of Versailles, monarchism, Crown Prince, internment, Joost van Hamel, Reneke de Marees van Swinderen, George Curzon

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