Doorn, Netherlands 1960

by Peter Bock-Schroeder (1913 - 2001)

Prince Wilhelm of Prussia was born in Berlin on the 27th of January 1859 as the first son of Crown prince Friedrich and princess Victoria of England. Through his grandmother, queen Victoria of England, Wilhelm is closely related to almost all the governing royal families of Europe.

In 1914 Wilhelm II considers it his duty to support Austria when this ally comes into conflict with Serbia after the murder of the heir to the throne Franz-Ferdinand in Sarajewo.

Serbia is supported by Russia with France as an ally. By invading France through Belgium Germany also incurs the animosity of England that had guaranteed the neutrality of Belgium. When other nations enter into the conflict World War I is a fact. In 1917 the U.S. join the war and that is a turning point for Germany. The imminent defeat is seen as a personal failure of the Kaiser.

The Imperial Navy rises in revolt and in Berlin the revolution breaks out. The allies want Wilhelm II brought to trial as a criminal of war, but he flees to the neutral Netherlands, where he is granted political asylum. On the 29th of November 1918 he signs his abdication at Amerongen Castle, where he stayed during the first 18 months of his exile.

He is never to see Germany again. In accordance with his last will his bodily remains have been laid to rest in a mausoleum on the estate.


Peter Bock-Schroeder dressed in Kaiser Wilhelm's Uniform
Peter Bock-Schroeder dressed in Kaiser Wilhelm's Uniform

Autoportrait - Doorn, Netherlands 1960

A self-portrait is a representation of an artist, drawn, painted, photographed, or sculpted by the artist. Although self-portraits have been made by artists since the earliest times, it is not until the Early Renaissance in the mid-15th century that artists can be frequently identified depicting themselves as either the main subject, or as important characters in their work. With better and cheaper mirrors, and the advent of the panel portrait, many painters, sculptors and printmakers tried some form of self-portraiture.

Two methods of obtaining photographic self-portraits are widespread. One is photographing a reflection in the mirror, and the other photographing one's self with the camera in an outstretched hand. Another method involves setting the camera or capture device upon a tripod, or surface. One might then set the camera's timer, or use a remote controlled shutter release.

Finally, setting up the camera, entering the scene and having an assistant release the shutter (i.e., if the presence of a cable release is unwanted in the photo) can arguably be regarded as a photographic self-portrait, as well.