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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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The Dutch Are Divided

The Dutch Are Divided

(p.68) 6 The Dutch Are Divided
The Trial of the Kaiser

William A. Schabas

Oxford University Press

The Kaiser’s legal status is initially uncertain because he did not formally abdicate his thrones until the end of November. As a neutral state, the Netherlands was required to detain foreign combatants. The Netherlands had many pro-German elements, including the Royal Court and the Foreign Minister. But many in the country did not welcome his arrival. The government denied charges that the Kaiser was invited into the country by the Queen. There were fierce debates in Parliament and in the press about whether he should be allowed to remain in the country. Dutch experts set out the legal framework of the Kaiser’s presence in the country.

Keywords:   abdication, neutrality, Dutch Parliament, Queen Wilhelmina, extradition, political offences, internment, Charles Ruijs de Beerenbrouck, Kaiserin, asylum

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