The Mystery Of
Kaiser Wilhelm I Bust
In the summer of 1914, tensions were mounting among the citizens of what was then known as Berlin, Ontario. As the “Great War” developed, hostility toward Germany escalated and the bronze bust of German emperor Kaiser Wilhelm I – previously erected in Victoria Park as a peace memorial – was dragged down and dumped into the lake.
Not long after, the bust was recovered and taken to the Concordia Club for repair and safekeeping. It remained there until the night of February 15, 1916, when a group of soldiers broke in and stole the bust. There are many reports of what happened to it since that date, but it hasn’t been publicly seen again.
Waterloo Historical Society Collection
Kitchener Public Library Collection
Tantalizing whispers about the Kaiser’s long-lost statue
Martin de Groot, Waterloo Region Record, June 16, 2017
Missing kaiser statue ‘a mystery that will never be solved’
Greg Mercer, Waterloo Region Record, August 23, 2014
10 facts about the mystery of the missing Kaiser’s bust
Andrea Bellemare, CBC News, August 22, 2014
Where did the bust go?
H.G. Watson, The Community Edition, January 10, 2014
Don’t expect drained lake to solve mystery of the kaiser’s bust
Terry Pender, Waterloo Region Record, November 2, 2011
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