Asked to Abdicate Wilhelm Said He Doesn’t Care to Please Jews
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Asked to Abdicate Wilhelm Said He Doesn’t Care to Please Jews

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(J. T. A. Mail Service)

I shall not leave the throne to please a couple of hundred Jews and two thousand workers, the ex-Kaiser Wilhelm replied to Dr. Drews, then Minister of the Interior, who conveyed to him on November 3, 1918, the request of the German Government that he should abdicate.

This revelation is made today by the “Berliner Tageblatt” which publishes the notes made by the Court Chaplain Vogel, of the conversation which took place on that occasion between the ex-Kaiser and the Minister.

The Kaiser has just told me, the Court Chaplain recorded, that he has had a visit from Dr. Drews, who advised me to abdicate. I shouted at him, the Kaiser said. You, a Prussian official and my subject dare to come to me with such a proposal! I shall not leave my throne because of a few hundred Jews and two thousand workers.

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