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Posted on: December 13, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Kronprinz Wilhelm, Prinz Eitel Friedrich and the German Village


Dec. 13, 2016 - Learn the fascinating tale of German ships and crew living among us as war was brewing in Europe as told by Bill Edwards-Bodmer of Norfolk’s Slover Library. Don't miss this free event, "Lunch in Time", on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 12-1 p.m. At the beginning of World War I, two German commercial liners were commissioned auxiliary cruisers in the Imperial German Navy. They embarked on a brief, but successful, career terrorizing Allied shipping.  
Running low on supplies and coal, both ships sought refuge and refitting at a neutral port by coming to Hampton Roads.  Choosing internment over destruction at the hands of the British navy, the ships’ stay in Hampton Roads began a remarkable and unique episode that tested America’s professed neutrality and showed the bonds that could exist between two future enemies.
Free and open to the public. Bring a bag lunch, we'll have free dessert for you.

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