Scandal erupted in Germany in 1907.
Various top people in the military and in the royal court were named as homosexuals.
Kaiser Wilhelm II's intimate friend, Prince Philip von Eulenberg, was put on trial.
(Professor John C. G.-Rohl "The Kaiser and his Court, Wilhelm II and the Government of Germany",1966)
Prince Philip von Eulenberg
A journalist called Harden claimed to have hard evidence of the Kaiser’s homosexuality.
During Kaiser Wilhelm's annual hunt in the Black Forest, the chief of the Military Directorate died of a heart attack 'while performing for the assembled guests in a tutu'.
Soon after, the Kaiser suffered a nervous breakdown.
Wilhelm and family
Professor John C. G.-Rohl has described the Kaiser’s interest in men, particularly soldiers.
"It is indeed disturbing to reflect that the generals, who took Germany and Europe into the Armageddon of 1914, not infrequently owed their career to the Kaiser's admiration for their height and good looks in their splendid uniforms."
Krupp on Capri
One of the Kaiser’s friends was Friedrich Alfred Krupp, owner of the steel and weapons business.
Krupp set up a comfortable 'palace' in a grotto on Capri, where he entertained underage Italian boys, mostly the sons of local fishermen.
Sex was performed to the accompaniment of a string quartet, and orgasms were celebrated with bursts of fireworks.
In 1902, Italian newspapers threatened to expose Krupp as a homosexual.
Stories of orgies on Capri reached Germany.
Krupp's wife was put into a mental asylum.
An article entitled "Krupp in Capri" spilled the beans.
Krupp requested a meeting with his friend, Kaiser Wilhelm.
On the day he was to meet the emperor, November 22, 1902, Krupp was found dead in his home.
The circumstances of his death remain a mystery.
Wilhelm and various gay monarchs.
Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II has been unfairly blamed for causing World War I.
World War I was the most important event of the 20th Century.
Wilhelm II at Balmoral in Scotland
Wilhelm's mother was Victoria, Princess Royal, the eldest daughter of Britain's Queen Victoria.
Wilhelm had a high regard for Queen Victoria.
In 1905, Wilhelm visited Tangier in Morocco, a country largely controlled by the French.
In a speech, Wilhelm made remarks in favour of Moroccan independence.
Wihelm gave an interview to the London Daily Telegraph in which he implied that the French and Russians had tried to incite Germany to intervene in the Second Boer War.
In Germany, there were calls for Wilhelm to abdicate, and Wilhelm "lost much of the influence he had previously exercised in domestic and foreign policy."
Unfortunately the Austrian ministers and generals were determined to use force to take back control of Serbia, which they wrongly blamed for the assassination.
It is more likely that the Austrian elite, who hated the heir to the throne, had secretly helped the assassins.
Russia would not have gone to war with Austria and its ally Germany if it had not had the support of Britain.
Russia began a general mobilisation of its military.
World War I had begun.
Churchill facing 'revolutionaries' in London in 1910.
It has been suggested that the British elite wanted a World War in order to:
(1) distract attention away from the rotten social conditions of the poor
(2) give Britain a chance to grab countries such as Iraq which had oil wealth
(3) weaken rival empires such as those of the Germans and Turks.
(Craig, Gordon A, Germany 1866–1945.)
The Kaiser and one of his grandsons.
From "Under The Sign Of The Scorpion ", by Jüri Lina, Year 2002:
"It was revealed during the trial of Gavrilo Princip and Nedelko Cabrinovic, the assassins of Franz Ferdinand (the heir to the Austrian throne), that the French Masonic Organisation Grand Orient was behind the assassination plans, and not the Serbian Nationalist Organisation The Black Hand.
"Everything according to the stenographic report of the Court published in Alfred Mousset's book "L'Attentat de Sarajevo" , Paris, 1930."