Baden-Baden
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The scenes in this photograph place into context the several activities pursued by the baronial family before dinner is served in their home outside Baden-Baden.

The Baron, astride his horse, watches his older son play drillmaster for his small brother who is dwarfed by the full-sized sentry box recently brought to the house after being replaced by a new one at the Guards’ barracks in Karlsruhe. Freshly painted by their steward in the colors of the Grand Duchy, the large military relic silently encourages the child’s longing for a career as a Guards officer.

The proud head of a prominent Badenese Catholic family, the Baron is a cautious supporter of the German Empire, believing Bismarck’s vision of a united Germany to be, ultimately, a source of strength and efficiency. Like most of the citizens of the member kingdoms of the Empire, he’s wary of the power of Prussia and of the protestant Hohenzollern King of Prussia who is also the German Kaiser.  The Kaiser’s know-it-all personality and habit of meddling in the affairs of the German people make the Baron wish that the imperial monarchy were a little more “constitutional” and a little less autocratic. Still, these are prosperous times; Germany being widely admired for its innovative scientific and technological accomplishments.

 


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The Baron built the house that stands beside him ten years ago, a villa possessed of every modern convenience, including two telephones.  His children have all benefited from superior educations while his investments are growing at a pleasing pace.  He and his family often attend the races at Baden-Baden and travel to Vienna or to the Adriatic coast once a year.  Neither he nor anyone in his household has yet heard that morning’s chilling news from Sarajevo in Bosnia.  In the warm, early summer evening, the comfortable nobleman fondly pats his horse’s shoulder, looking forward to the asparagus in a favorite sauce that will be served in exactly forty-five minutes.

 

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The “Sarajevo 1914 Collection”, begun in 1979, has been and continues to be assembled
in partnership with Ingrid Bitter, Director MC W. Schueler, Stuttgart

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