Kaiser Friedrich Wilhelm II Viktor Albert von Preußen

Kaiser Friedrich Wilhelm II Viktor Albert von Preußen

Male 1859 - 1941  (82 years)    Has more than 100 ancestors and more than 100 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Friedrich Wilhelm II Viktor Albert von Preußen 
    Prefix Kaiser 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 27 Jan 1859  Berlin, DE Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Jun 1941  Huis Doorn, Doorn, Ut, NL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Doorn, Utrecht, NL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I5091  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 22 May 2014 

    Father Kaiser Friedrich III Wilhelm Nikolaus von Preußen,   b. 18 Oct 1831, Neues Palais, Potsdam Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1888, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Preussen, DE Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Mother Victoria Adelaide Maria von Sachsen-Coburg,   b. 21 Nov 1840, Buckingham Palace Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 1901, Friedrichshof Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Married 25 Jan 1858  St James's Palace, Lon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 7 siblings 
    Family ID F2070  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Auguste Viktoria von Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg,   b. 22 Oct 1858, Schloss Dolzig Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1921, Huis Doorn, Doorn, Ut, NL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 27 Feb 1881  Berlijn Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Kronprinz Friedrich Wilhelm Viktor August Ernst von Preußen,   b. 6 May 1882, Marmorpalais, Potsdam Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1951, Hechingen Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     2. Prinz Wilhelm Eitel Friedrich Christian Karl von Preußen,   b. 7 Jul 1883, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Preussen, DE Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Dec 1942, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Preussen, DE Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     3. Adalbert Ferdinand Berengar von Preußen,   b. 14 Jul 1884, Marmorpalais, Potsdam Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1948, La Tour de Peilz, b.Montreux, CH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     4. August Wilhelm Heinrich Günther Viktor V von Preußen,   b. 29 Jan 1887, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Preussen, DE Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1949, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, D Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     5. Oskar Karl Gustav Adolf von Preußen,   b. 27 Jul 1888, Marmorpalais, Potsdam Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1958, München, Bayern Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     6. Joachim Franz Hubert von Preußen,   b. 17 Dec 1890, Berlin, DE Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1920, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Preussen, DE Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)
     7. Prinzessin Viktoria Luise von Preußen,   b. 13 Sep 1892, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Preussen, DE Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1980, Hannover Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2000 
    Family ID F2072  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Hermine Reuß von Greiz,   b. 17 Dec 1887, Greiz Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 1947, Frankfurt a.d. Oder Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 5 Dec 1922  Doorn, Utrecht, NL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2000 
    Family ID F2071  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Jan 1859 - Berlin, DE Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 5 Dec 1922 - Doorn, Utrecht, NL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Jun 1941 - Huis Doorn, Doorn, Ut, NL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Doorn, Utrecht, NL Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos 2 Photos

  • Notes 
    • Wilhelm II; Deutscher Kaiser u. Kg. v. Preußen, Markgf zu Brandenburg, Burggf zu Nürnberg, Gf zu Hohenzollern, souv. u. oberster Hzg v. Schlesien wie auch der Gfschaft Glatz, Ghzg v. Niedrrh in u. Posen, Hzg. zu Sachsen, Westfalen u. Engern, zu Pommern, Lüneburg, Holstein u. Schleswig, zu Magdeburg, Bremen, Geldern, Kleve, Jülich u. begr sowie auch der Wenden u. Kassuben, zu Krossen, Lauenburg, Mecklenburg, Ldgf zu Hessen u. Thüringen, Markgf der O- u. NLausitz, Pr. v. Oranien, Fst zu Rügen, zu Ostfriesland, zu Paderborn u. Pyrmont, zu Halberstadt, Münster, Minden, Osnabrück, Hildesheim, zu Verden, Kammin, Fulda, Nassau u. Mörs, gefürsteter Gf zu Henneberg, Gf der Mark u. zu Ravensberg, zu Hohenstein, Tecklenburg u. Lingen, zu Mansfeld, Sigmaringen u. Veringen, Herr zu Frankfurt. Folgt seinem Vater 15.6.1888. "Ceasar"
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      Emperor Wilhelm I dies 9-Mar-1888. Frederick III is crowned Emperor but cannot rule due to throat cancer and a ninety-nine day coma. Wilhelm II succeeds his father and is crowned Emperor (midyear) 1888.
      Politics: Above all, the Kaiser wanted "a place in the sun" for the German people. The problem was the only places left were in the shade. There was very little room left for new colonization in the early part of this century. Never the less the Kaiser built up the German military machine and under the Tirpitz Plan, built a naval fleet to rival that of Great Britain. The term "saber rattler" sums up his politics as well as his personality. Historian Barbara Tuchman put it well when she referred to the Kaiser as "possessor of the least inhibited tongue in Europe".
      Personal: The Kaiser was born with a withered left arm (like FDR's polio, this defect was pretty well covered up and is visible in only a few photographs). This, together with having some tough footsteps in which to follow, led Wilhelm towards the military lifestyle. He loved his numerous uniforms and surrounding himself with the elite of German military society.
      Misconception: The Kaiser was a war monger solely responsible for the First World War. The Kaiser did not start the war. The Kaiser did not want the war. "Saber rattling" is one thing, a war with the other major European powers is something very different indeed! The most that can be said is that the Kaiser did not do enough to try to control the actions of Austria-Hungary and prevent the outbreak of war. In the end he accepted war.
      Fate: The Kaiser was forced to abdicate as part of the Armistice. He went to Holland.

      "only fit to live in a country house and grow turnips" The Kaiser on Czar Nicholas II
      "a very nice boy" The Kaiser on King George V (only six years his junior)
      "bear yourselves as Huns of Attila" The Kaiser to troops heading for the Boxer Rebellion in China
      "He is satan, you cannot imagine what a satan he is" The Kaiser on King Edward VII
      "a spirited note, what?" The Kaiser on the ultimatum to Serbia
      "A great moral victory for Vienna, but with it, every reason for war disappears." The Kaiser on the Serbian reply to the ultimatum
      "Gentlemen, you will regret this." The Kaiser to the general staff on the decision to mobilize


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