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Wilhelm II, Kaiser (1859-1941) to George Sylvester Viereck

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05508.263 Author/Creator: Wilhelm II, Kaiser (1859-1941) Place Written: Doorn, Netherlands Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 14 February 1929 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Wilhelm comments that he wrote a preface to a German edition (title not mentioned) to "correct erroneous views still prevalent about Empress Frederick." He also discuss debates about the "New Religion" and the "hopeless chaos in American spirits" that cannot be unraveled in newspaper articles. He asserts that religion, belief, and faith come from the heart and have nothing to do with the brain or scientific thinking. Written on the back of a signed photo of Wilhelm with his dog.

People: William II, German Emperor, 1859-1941.

Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Keywords/Subjects: Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, Science and Technology, Religion, Photography, Pets, Government and Civics

Sub Era: The Roaring Twenties