Following his abdication in 1918, Kaiser Wilhelm II moved to the Netherlands. He died there, at his estate Huis Doorn, in June 1941 whilst the Netherlands was under German occupation. He gave express instructions that his funeral was not to include Nazi symbolism, as he had been a vocal critic of Hitler and particularly his anti-semitic policies. But, the Nazis ignored the Kaiser’s wishes and he was given a funeral containing a lot of NSDAP symbolism. It was a final insult from Hitler, who despised the Kaiser and all he stood for.
Credit Mark Felton Produtions