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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Ger 49-49.1

William II letters to George Sylvester Viereck


Letters to German poet and propagandist George Sylvester Viereck from William II, German emperor and King of Prussia, and his second wife Princess Hermine.


  • 1922-1940

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in German.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


2 linear feet (4 boxes)

Includes 83 autograph and typescript letters from William II to Viereck, concerning his years after abdication, German politics, and Viereck's numerous essays about the imperial family in American newspapers, as well as one box of letters from Princess Hermine to Viereck.

Biographical / Historical

William II was German emperor and King of Prussia (ruled 1888-1918); Princess Hermine of Schönaich-Carolath was William's second wife. Viereck was a German-born poet and propagandist for Nazi Germany; he was also rumored to be the illegitimate grandson of William I.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. MS Ger 49: Letters to George Sylvester Viereck
  2. II. MS Ger 49.1: Additional letters to George Sylvester Viereck

Immediate Source of Acquisition

50M-161 and 50M-162. Gift of Curt H. Reisinger, 730 Fifth Avenue, New York 19, New York; received: 1951 January 8.

William II, German Emperor, 1859-1941. William II letters to George Sylvester Viereck, 1922-1940: Guide.
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