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Re: Restoration of the monarchy
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Thank you for the views on the Wurttemberg and Baden RFs
The Kaiser was a complex personality who expressed both quite strong anti-Semitic views but when reigning also ennobled Jews who were treated well and without discrimination under the German Reich. He was flattered by the attention from the Nazis but thought most of the Nazi emissaries uncouth vulgarians. His wife was just desperate for recognition as she was never liked by the Kaiser's family and her status as exiled monarch's 2nd spouse and from what the Prussian royal family considered a very minor reigning house and the widow of a non-reigning price, did not give her the respect she felt her due.
As for the Wurttembergs, like other Catholic royal families they were distanced from the Nazi regime - the Badens were Protestant but had supported the Jewish Kurt Hahn, who was Prince, later Markgraf's secretary and helped him found Salem school and then after denouncing Hitler, escape to England and helped him with the foundation of Gordonstoun school. The present Markgraf (the nephew of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) recently told me some amusing stories about his time there as a school boy, after the war. The Badens kept themselves out of the limelight Prince Max, the last chancellor of imperial Germany (a post the Kaiser had been very reluctant to give him, because of Max's liberal political views), had always been liberally inclined, president of the Red Cross and friendly to the US - Hahn was his close collaborator during the last months of the war. He si given credit for preventing a revolution at the end of the war, and the peaceful handover of power. Max died before Hitler came to power but one can be sure he would have opposed him and his son, who supported Hahn's school, kept his distance. Of the three grand children of Max, the elder, Margarita, married an Orthodox Prince (Tomislav of Yugoslavia) and her two brothers married princesses Catholic (the Margravine is an Archduchess of Austria and Princess Ludwig was born a Princess of Auersperg).
It's interesting to see that the princes supporting nazism came mostly from northern/centre Germany - Prussia, Hessen, Saxe-Coburg, Hannover, Waldeck, Schaumburg-Lippe, and most were protestant.
Of course there were exceptions - the kaiser himself did not show any particular support nor did his grandson Ludwig-Ferdinand.
The former Kaiser may not have had any formal links with the Nazis but there is plenty of evidence to indicate his unofficial support for them. He sent a telegram of congratulations to Hitler on the occasion of the German conquest of France and high ranking Nazis were frequent guests at his place of exile in Doorn. His second wife, Empress Hermine, was a particularly enthusiastic Nazi supporter. When the former Kaiser died, Nazi soldiers formed an honour guard at his funeral.
I heartily endorse Eleonore's recommendation of Jonathan Petropoulos' 2006 book "Royals and The Reich". It will tell you pretty much evereything you want to know about the links between the German princes and the Nazis.