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Reading Jacco Pekelder

The guests were first given full insight into the German emperor’s flight to the Netherlands on the night of 10 November 1918. Pekelder then went on to describ in detail the life of William II, first at Kasteel Amerongen and later at Huis Doorn.  The Dutch government offered William II political asylum in 1920. This had considerable influence on the relations between Germany and the Netherlands, evidence of which can be found in diary records written by Sigur von Ilsemann, a long-standing adjutant during the Emperor's permanent exile.

At the end of 2015 in collaboration with the Conservator of the Museum "Huis Doorn" Wendy Landewé, Pekelder used these records as the basis for his book. "Ilsemann's diaries provide a unique insight into the German-Dutch relations at that time. They illuminate the national and international dimension of Wilhelm II’s exile," says Pekelder.

Pekelder’s comments were subsequently taken up and discussed by the cultural historian and journalist Thomas von der Dunk. The numerous guests participated in the discussion, first in plenum and then during an informal "Borrel" which rounded out the interesting evening.

The reading was organised by the "Genootschap Nederland Duitsland" in cooperation with the DISDH. This was a very special event for our school because the newly designed Humboldt Hall was used as a venue for the first time.

We would like to thank all our guests for having attended and look forward to welcoming them back again soon.