Alfred von Waldersee

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Alfred von Waldersee

Alfred Ludwig Heinrich Karl Graf von Waldersee (8 April 18325 March 1904) was a German field marshal (Generalfeldmarschall) who became Chief of the Imperial German General Staff.

Quotes[edit]

  • Bismarck is the king's last mistress because only such a creature could have such power over an old man.
    • Waldersee c. 1887 [1]
  • We have far too many enemies, the French, the Slavs, above all the Catholics, and then the entire little rabble of the dispossessed, with their supporters
    • Waldersee in his diary c. 1885, quoted in John C. G. Röhl, The Kaiser and his court : Wilhelm II and the government of Germany
  • Everywhere the masses are on the move, everywhere there is rebellion against authority, the negation of all religion, the generation of hatred and envy against those with wealth. We are probably facing major catastrophes.
    • Waldersee in his diary c. 1886, quoted in John C. G. Röhl, The Kaiser and his court : Wilhelm II and the government of Germany
  • The ghost of socialism is beginning to show a very earnest face... the Zentrum is a gang of hypocritical blackguards without a Fatherland, intent on the collapse of Germany and the destruction of Prussia.
    • Waldersee in his diary c. 1886, quoted in John C. G. Röhl, The Kaiser and his court : Wilhelm II and the government of Germany
  • Germany is the foundation for the mainstay for the whole of Europe, but if we become weak, the entire old world will fall apart.
    • Waldersee in his diary c. 1886, quoted in John C. G. Röhl, The Kaiser and his court : Wilhelm II and the government of Germany
  • All the Progressive people with their supporters, the entire Judenschaft and most foreign countries, that is to say, taken together are formidable foes...In view of the colossal influence which the Jews wiled by virtue of their wealth, through which they have secured the services of Christians in influential positions, even though they themselves are few in number, they are by far the most dangerous of our enemies.
    • From a 1887 letter to Prince Wilhelm (the future Kaiser)
  • Too many people are under the influence of the Jews.
    • Waldersee in his diary c. 1888, quoted in John C. G. Röhl, The Kaiser and his court : Wilhelm II and the government of Germany
  • Your Majesty may entertain the idea of partitioning China, but let it not be forgotten that... it is still full of inexhaustible vitality. China has not completely lost its martial spirit, as may now be seen in the 'Boxer Movement'. Neither Japan nor any country in Europe or America is intellectually or militarily equipped to rule one quarter of mankind. Therefore it is actually an ill-advised policy to try dismemberment."
    • Waldersee to Kaiser Wilhelm II c. 1901, warning him againsgt partitioning China. [2]

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