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A Cigarette in the Ante-Room: Kaiser Wilhelm II, Villain or Victim?

A program to mark the centennial of the start of The Great War, by Richland Library Literary Resident Howard Burnham.

1940: Doorn House, Holland. The Nazis are crossing the frontier. Churchill sends the Kaiser the offer of an R.A.F. plane to fly him and the Empress Hermine to England. Wilhelm is given an hour to make up his mind. The sometime “All Highest” proceeds to review his life-long love-hate feelings for his British relatives, the outbreak of the Great War, President Wilson’s attempts at mediation, the Lusitania Affair, the Zimmerman Telegram, Pershing and his doughboys, abdication and exile to Holland, and the rise of Hitler.

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