The first Act of The Kaiser’s Children centres on a visit made by Goering to the exiled Kaiser in 1931, and the second on an imaginary visit shortly before the Kaiser’s death in June 1941.
The setting is the Dutch manor house where the Kaiser spent his exile. It is furnished elegantly, with porcelain, trinkets, photographs and paintings. A life-size portrait of the Kaiser hangs prominently: W-shaped moustache and flamboyant uniform surmounted by a helmet with an eagle on top, his appearance in 1914. His left arm hangs uselessly.
Some of the words spoken by the Kaiser and Goering are taken from their recorded utterances, and from other National Socialist sources.
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