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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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Kaiserdämmerung

Kaiserdämmerung

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(p.23) 3 Kaiserdämmerung
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The Trial of the Kaiser
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William A. Schabas

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198833857.003.0003

As the war ends, Kaiser Wilhelm leaves Berlin for German military headquarters in Spa, Belgium, where his generals tell him that the troops will not follow him and that his life may even be threatened. He flees to the Netherlands in his private train, possibly after receiving an ‘all clear’ from Queen Wilhelmina. The Dutch Government persuades a local aristocrat, Count Bentinck, to take him in for a few days to his castle in Amerongen, but the visit ends up lasting nearly eighteen months. Britain’s Ambassador to The Hague sends his wife to spy on the Kaiser’s arrival, but attempts without success to conceal her identity from the Foreign Office.

Keywords:   Spa, royal train, Amerongen, Queen Wilhelmina, Count Bentinck, Susan Townley, Eijsden, Spa, Queen Victoria

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