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, 1918

This small triumph arc leads us right into the contrasts of the last 100 years of Prussian history. It is the casing of a clock from the office of Wilhelm I. in Babelsberg Palace. Long ago, it also sported his bust. Most likely a gift for the victory by Königgrätz. In 1866, Moltke had beaten the Austrians there. The November revolution in 1918, only 50 years later, brought the end of Prussian royalty. Wilhelm II., the last Hohenzollern on the throne, packed his bags. The family property was transported to Doorn near Utrecht in 59 freight wagons and can still be viewed there. Our clock housing remained back in Babelsberg. In 1945, the palace was pillaged. The Soviet army took the large parts of the furnishing back home as spoils of war. From there, the triumph arc returned in 1958 but without the clock and ornaments. Like a symbol of the transience of military fame.


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