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Wilhelm Collection

"Wilhelm: A Complex Figure in German History" From the philosophical influences of Hegel and Napoleon to the controversial reign of Kaiser Wilhelm II during World War I

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Ufos / Reich Device

Ufos / Reich Device
One of Wilhelm Reichs weather-influencing devices which also affect UFOs, and could perhaps destroy them

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Ufos / Reichs Cloudbuster

Ufos / Reichs Cloudbuster
Wilhelm Reich finds that his weather-influencing devices also affect UFOs, and could perhaps destroy them; here he is operating one of his instruments

Background imageWilhelm Collection: RenA©Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke, 1875 - 1926, also known as Rainer Maria Rilke

RenA©Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke, 1875 - 1926, also known as Rainer Maria Rilke
ReneKarl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke, 1875 - 1926, also known as Rainer Maria Rilke. Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist. After a contemporary print

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Hegel & Napoleon

Hegel & Napoleon
GEORG WILHELM FRIEDRICH HEGEL German philosopher depicted on the occasion of his encounter with the emperor Napoleon at Jena, 1806

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche
FRIEDRICH WILHELM NIETZSCHE German philosopher

Background imageWilhelm Collection: German Kaiser Wilhelm II with signature

German Kaiser Wilhelm II with signature
German Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941) with signature. Date: circa 1908

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Bismarck / Dropping Pilot

Bismarck / Dropping Pilot
OTTO BISMARCK German Chancellor dismissed by Kaiser Wilhelm II: Dropping the Pilot

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Kaiser Wilhelm II, German Emperor, WW1

Kaiser Wilhelm II, German Emperor, WW1
Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941), German Emperor, in uniform during the First World War. Postcard reproduction of a painting by Fischer. Date: 1914-1915

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Kaiser Wilhelm I, German Emperor

Kaiser Wilhelm I, German Emperor
Wilhelm I (1797-1888), King of Prussia and German Emperor, in uniform. late 19th century

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Wilhelm Furtwangler

Wilhelm Furtwangler
WILHELM FURTWANGLER Widely recognised as one of the great musical conductors of the twentieth century

Background imageWilhelm Collection: SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, 1900

SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, 1900
Photograph of the North German Lloyd Liner Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse at sea, 1900. This liner was built by the Vulcan Shipyards at Stettin with the aim of winning the Blue Riband

Background imageWilhelm Collection: German postcard, Kaiser Wilhelm and Hindenburg, WW1

German postcard, Kaiser Wilhelm and Hindenburg, WW1
German propaganda postcard, Germanys Pride, depicting Kaiser Wilhelm II and Field Marshal Von Hindenburg standing side by side in uniform during the First World War. Date: 1914-1918

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Queen Victoria and Prince Wilhelm of Prussia

Queen Victoria and Prince Wilhelm of Prussia
Queen Victoria with her grandson Prince Wilhelm of Prussia (later Kaiser Wilhelm II) during the 1860 s. Date: c.1865

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Kaiser Wilhelm II and his wife Hermine

Kaiser Wilhelm II and his wife Hermine
Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941)pictured with his second wife, Princess Hermine Reuss (1887-1947)

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Chapel of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Berlin, Germany

Chapel of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Berlin, Germany

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Tsar Nicholas II and Kaiser Wilhelm II

Tsar Nicholas II and Kaiser Wilhelm II
Tsar Nicholas II (Nikolay Alexandrovich Romanov, 1868-1918) (right), and Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941) (left), two years before the outbreak of the First World War. Date: 1912

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Kaiser Wilhelm II presenting medals, Warsaw, WW1

Kaiser Wilhelm II presenting medals, Warsaw, WW1
Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941), German Emperor, presenting Iron Crosses to troops in Warsaw, Poland, soon after the city was captured by the Austro-German Army during the First World War

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Berlin, Germany

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Berlin, Germany
The Protestant Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedachtniskirche) on the Kurfurstendamm in Berlin, Germany. It was badly damaged in a bombing raid in 1943

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Sultan Mehmed V Reshad of Turkey & allies

Sultan Mehmed V Reshad of Turkey & allies
Sultan Mehmed V Reshad of Turkey (1844 - 1918), pictured with Kaiser Wilhelm II, and Franz Joseph of Austro-Hungary; the three emperors of the Central Powers in World War I

Background imageWilhelm Collection: The Hesse-Cassel and Greek royal families

The Hesse-Cassel and Greek royal families
The youngest daughters of Vicky, Princess Royal of Great Britain and Empress of Prussia, the Princesses Sophie and Margarete of Prussia with their husbands and children at Friedrichshof in 1904

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Royal group taken at Palais Edinburgh, Coburg

Royal group taken at Palais Edinburgh, Coburg
Royal group taken at the Palais Edinburgh, Coburg in 1894. From left: Arthur, Duke of Connaught, Duke Alfred of Coburg, Queen Victoria, Kaiser Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany, Victoria

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche
FRIEDRICH WILHELM NIETZSCHE German philosopher and poet

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich (1770-1831). German

Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich (1770-1831). German idealist philosopher. Portrait of Hegel after a drawing by G. Hensel. Engraving

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Tsar Nicholas II with Kaiser Wilhelm II

Tsar Nicholas II with Kaiser Wilhelm II
Tsar Nicholas II and Kaiser Wilhelm II on board the German imperial yacht, Hohenzollern, on 4 June 1909. Nicholas had sailed on a barge fromm Shtandart to the Hohenzollern, stayed half and hour

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Sultan Mehmed V Reshad of Turkey & allies

Sultan Mehmed V Reshad of Turkey & allies
Sultan Mehmed V Reshad of Turkey (1844 - 1918), pictured with Kaiser Wilhelm II, the King of Bulgaria and Franz Joseph of Austro-Hungary; the four rulers of the Central Powers in World War I

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Hegel / Schlesinger

Hegel / Schlesinger
GEORG WILHELM FRIEDRICH HEGEL German philosopher

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Gottfried von Leibniz, German mathematician and philosopher

Gottfried von Leibniz, German mathematician and philosopher
Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz, German mathematician and philosopher

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Wilhelm Richard Wagner

Wilhelm Richard Wagner
WILHELM RICHARD WAGNER German composer

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Queen Victoria & Empress Frederick of Prussia

Queen Victoria & Empress Frederick of Prussia
Queen Victoria seated, together with her eldest daughter, Victoria, (affectionately known as Vicky ), Empress Frederick of Prussia, mother to Kaiser Wilhelm II. Taken 1893

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Johannes Stabius map of the world, 1515, (1936). Artist: Albrecht Durer

Johannes Stabius map of the world, 1515, (1936). Artist: Albrecht Durer
Johannes Stabius map of the world, 1515, (1936). A print from Durer, Und Seine Zeit, by Wilhelm Waetzoldt, Grosse Phaidon Ausgabe, 1936

Background imageWilhelm Collection: General Moltke and Kaiser Wilhelm II

General Moltke and Kaiser Wilhelm II
The Chief of General Staff, General Helmuth von Moltke and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany observing the German troops in training. Date: 1914

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Cartoon, The Dropped Pilot, WW1

Cartoon, The Dropped Pilot, WW1
Cartoon, The Dropped Pilot, twenty-four years after Tenniel. In Tenniels Dropping the Pilot cartoon of 1890 Kaiser Wilhelm II watches as Bismarck disembarks from the ship (of state)

Background imageWilhelm Collection: German propaganda postcard, Our Kaiser, WW1

German propaganda postcard, Our Kaiser, WW1
German propaganda postcard, Our Kaiser, depicting Kaiser Wilhelm II in uniform during the First World War, with a flag flying behind him. Date: 1914-1918

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Medea and Jason stealing the Golden Fleece

Medea and Jason stealing the Golden Fleece
Depiction of Medea and Jason from Greek mythology. Medea drugs a serpent while Jason prepares to kill it and steal the Golden Fleece. Venus and a winged youth stand at their side

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Kaiser & German royal family - Deaths Head Hussars, WW1

Kaiser & German royal family - Deaths Head Hussars, WW1
Kaiser Wilhelm II (top left), together with his eldest son, the Crown Prince, his only daughter Princess Viktoria Luise, Duchess of Brunswick and the Crown Princess

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Captain Hans Langsdorff of the Admiral Graf Spee

Captain Hans Langsdorff of the Admiral Graf Spee
Dressed in white, Captain Hans Wilhelm Langsdorff (1894 - 1939), German captain of the Admiral Graf Spee pocket-battleship photographed in Montevideo, Uruguay

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Princes Oscar, Joachim and Viktor of Prussia

Princes Oscar, Joachim and Viktor of Prussia
Princes Oskar (1888-1958) and Joachim (1890-1920) of Prussia with their sister, Princess Viktoria Luise (1892-1980), dressed in Highland attire

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Wedding of Kira Kirillovna of Russia

Wedding of Kira Kirillovna of Russia
The wedding of Kira Kirillovna of Russia (1909-1967), daughter of Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg and Grand Prince Kirill

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Vicky, Crown Princess of Prussia 1860

Vicky, Crown Princess of Prussia 1860
Princess Victoria, Princess Royal of Great Britain, Crown Princess of Prussia, later Empress of Prussia (1840-1901), eldest child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, taken in 1860

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Kaisers Campaigning Car

Kaisers Campaigning Car
The Kaiser enjoying a morning tub in his new campaigning car during World War One. A typically convoluted method of transportation from W.Heath Robinson

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Map of the continents and seas in the Upper Triassic

Map of the continents and seas in the Upper Triassic period. North America, Atlantis, Europe, Asia, Gondwanaland. Colour print after an illustration from Wilhelm Bolsches Das Leben der Urwelt

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Extinct Nothosaurus, mid-Triassic period

Extinct Nothosaurus, mid-Triassic period
Nothosaurus, extinct genus of sauropterygian reptile from the shell-bearing limestone seas, mid-Triassic period. Illustration from Wilhelm Bolsches Das Leben der Urwelt, Prehistoric Life

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Wels catfish and Blochs catfish

Wels catfish and Blochs catfish
Wels catfish, Silurus glanis 74, and Blochs catfish, Pimelodus blochii 75. Handcolored copperplate engraving after Jacob Nilson from Gottlieb Tobias Wilhelms Encyclopedia of Natural History: Fish

Background imageWilhelm Collection: The Surrender at Sedan, Franco-Prussian War

The Surrender at Sedan, Franco-Prussian War
The Surrender at Sedan, 9 September 1870, during the Franco-Prussian War. 1870

Background imageWilhelm Collection: The Sower, October 1888, (1947). Creator: Vincent van Gogh

The Sower, October 1888, (1947). Creator: Vincent van Gogh
The Sower, October 1888, (1947). Man broadcasting seed in a field against a sun low on the horizon. Painting in the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Edward VII & Kaiser

Edward VII & Kaiser
King Edward VII of England, (left) with his nephew, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany (right) and brother, Arthur, Duke of Connaught (centre), during the Kaisers visit to Windsor. Date: November 1907

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Threat of Zeppelin gas-bag or terror - which? 1915

Threat of Zeppelin gas-bag or terror - which? 1915
Cartoon showing Kaisers head on the front of a Zeppelin airship, during World War One. German Zeppelins first successful raid was on the night of 1920 January 1915, in which two Zeppelins

Background imageWilhelm Collection: Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany, WW1

Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany, WW1
Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany (1882-1951), son of Kaiser Wilhelm II, seen here in uniform on a patriotic postcard during the First World War. Date: 1914-1918



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"Wilhelm: A Complex Figure in German History" From the philosophical influences of Hegel and Napoleon to the controversial reign of Kaiser Wilhelm II during World War I, this name has left an indelible mark on Germany's past. Friedrich Nietzsche once remarked that "the world is overfull with beautiful things, but it lacks someone to admire them, " a sentiment that seems fitting for Wilhelm's era. Intriguingly, Wilhelm's relationship with Otto von Bismarck mirrored his later decision to drop the pilot – a move that would shape Germany's destiny. As he ascended to power, Kaiser Wilhelm II sought to assert his authority and steer the nation towards his vision. Yet, as history unfolded, many questioned whether he truly understood the consequences of his actions. The signature of German Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II serves as a reminder of both power and responsibility. It symbolizes an era marked by grandeur and ambition but also by turmoil and conflict. The devastating impact of World War I cannot be overlooked when discussing Wilhelm's legacy. Beyond politics, there were other notable figures named Wilhelm who made their mark on German culture. Renowned conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler mesmerized audiences with his musical prowess while artists captured moments like Kaiser Wilhelm II alongside his wife Hermine in captivating postcards. The Chapel of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church stands today as a poignant reminder of Germany's tumultuous history. Its damaged facade serves as a testament to both destruction and resilience – just like the country itself. Even beyond its borders, this name resonated internationally. Queen Victoria herself was captivated by Prince Wilhelm of Prussia during their encounter at Palais Edinburgh in Coburg – an event immortalized in a royal group photograph. Lastly, Tsar Nicholas II shared both personal connections and political tensions with Kaiser Wilhem II – two powerful leaders whose destinies intertwined amidst global events that shaped nations forever.