Kaiser Wilhelm II dedicates Germany's new Olympic Stadium on the 25th Anniversary of his Coronation
Germany Date:1913, June 8 Duration:1 min 44 sec Sound:NO SOUND
On June 8, 1913, the 25th anniversary of his coronation, Kaiser Wilhelm II presided over the inauguration of the new stadium (Deutsches Stadion) built near Berlin,to host the 1916 Olympics. These scenes were recorded immediately after those ceremonies. A German Admiral exits from a stadium building. Soon after, Kaiser Wilhelm II, exits, conversing with German Chancellor, Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg. The Kaiser is attired in Hussar dress uniform with Totenkopf (Death Head) on his fur busby. A German officer salutes and directs the Kaiser to athletes (German Olympic hopefuls) standing to the side, whom he introduces to the Kaiser. The Chancellor turns back into the building, and Empress Augusta Viktoria emerges and stands nearby, as the Kaiser speaks with the athletes and shakes hands with several of them. He chats amicably with the introducing officer, who smiles and salutes. The Kaiser then climbs into a waiting carriage in which the Empress is already seated. She holds a booklet or program in her hand. Attendants place a carriage robe over the Royal Couple and the carriage departs. Spectators watching the Royals are seen behind a railing at the Grunewald Race Course track (part of the complex). The broad expanse of athletic grounds is behind them. Final scenes show many youth, walking along at the end of the ceremonies. in various uniforms (representing schools or clubs). some carry programs. some wear sashes on their outfits.Family groups are also seen. Stadium seats are seen briefly in background to the left. A group of girls wearing dark skirts and white blouses with dark ties, are among the various small groups of youtn walking together. (Note: The Deutsches Stadion was located in an area reserved as a Peoples' Park, by the Kaiser, in 1904. The property was leased for 30 years, in 1907, by the Union-Klub for the Grunewald Race Course. But it also continued to serve general sports activities. The stadium was built on the race course grounds.)
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