By Emil Ludwig
1927. This publication features a sequence of essays on quite a few vital personages of historical past. contains discussions relative to the subsequent: Frederick the nice; Baron Vom Stein; Bismarck; Stanley; Peters; Rhodes; Wilson; Rathenau; Lenin; Leonardo da Vinci; Shakespeare; Rembrant's self portrait; Voltaire in Eighteen Tableaux; Lord Byron and Lassalle; Goethe and Schiller; Dehmel; Balzac; portrait of an officer.
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Sixty years were to pass before Stein's projects to defeat bureaucracy were realized, ninety before the Prussian nobles granted the peasants self-government. And at the same time as old Stein, with shattered hopes, was shutting himself up in his Rhenish castle, a man was born in a castle of Brandenburg who was, though only partially and in his own way, to make Stein's dream a reality two generations later. " The next and most natural move, to put Stein at the head of Prussia, never occurred to the king.
Petersburg after Napoleon's retreat the old dowager empress, née Württemberg, ended dinner with the mincing words, "But now if a single French soldier escapes through the German boundaries, I shall be ashamed to call myself a German," the Baron arose, flushed to the very back of his neck, bowed, and said, "Your Majesty is very unfair in saying such things about so great, loyal, and courageous a people to which you have the honor to belong! " -26- This detestation of the princes, who outraged his keen sense of duty by placing honors before honor, was Stein's first and deepest emotion.
Yet when he wanted to have one wall of his dining hall painted, he chose for his subject the sorrow of the German army in Asia Minor when Barbarossa was dragged from the river in which he had been drowned. " A profound revelation of disillusionment and torment. One year before his death he was practically forced by a grateful king (since he was needed) to preside at seventy-eight over the diet in Westphalia. He was sick, but he ignored all his ailments and rose up with his for- -39- mer vigor. And he needed no bell now -- for when he came stamping in with his cane, the whole room fell silent.
Genius and Character by Emil Ludwig