His cigars sit by an ashtray. The house was taken as war booty by the Dutch state in , and opened to the public as a museum in the s. But the sensitive nature of the estate and controversial legacy of Wilhelm resulted in decades-long underinvestment, and difficulties in attracting visitors.
That decision was reversed a year later, but funding was guaranteed for only four years. That was when the Dutch royal family stepped in again. Princess Beatrix, the Dutch queen until her abdication in , visited the museum in to open an exhibition on the Dutch experience of the first world war.
The challenge now, Sietsma said, was to attract more people to the museum, and to explain that it was not a German museum, but one chronicling European history. As compensation for his deformity the Kaiser had, from childhood, determined that his right hand and arm should be so strong that they would do the work of two. Every day he had at least twenty minutes' fencing; he played tennis often for two hours at a time; and undertook all manner of other remedial exercises.
One of its effects was this appallingly powerful handshake. The Duchess of Teck told me that she — like most other women with whom His Imperial Majesty shook hands — had the greatest difficulty in not letting out a cry of pain as he took her hand in his.
But, as countries across Europe became embroiled in the First World War after the assassination, German generals excluded Wilhelm from key decisions. Though he remained the titular Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, the real power was in the hands of the military.
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