Germany

Will Rogers visited Germany on a couple of occasions and wrote quite a bit about German politics. Will wrote a very kind article about the grandson of the Kaiser, Ferdinand, who came to work for Henry Ford in America. Will wrote about the Peace Conference creating the League of Nations after WWI and the rise of Hitler. 


“Well then again after the Senators I had a mighty interesting visitor. It was the crown prince of Germany’s son, a grandson of the Kaiser. He is the one that has been over here for a couple of years working in Henry Ford’s factory. His name is Ferdinand, I suppose they call him Prince Ferdinand, but you better not do it to his face. But this young fellow, you would like him. He is very plain and unassuming. He tells some interesting things about his early life in Germany…. Fate is a funny thing, ain’t it? Fellow educated to be ruler of a great country, then wind up working for Henry Ford. But he is certainly not crying the blues. He is the most cheerful, care free young fellow you ever met.” – Weekly Articles, 1933 (writing about Ferdinand, grandson of then exiled Kaiser, Wilhelm II)


“I saw a German outrun the great Finnish runner Nurmi yesterday and a Swede do it this afternoon. If a different nationality is going to beat him every day, I’m taking him on Wednesday. This has been great three days for Germany; they won a foot race and got into the League of Nations.” – Daily Telegrams, September 12, 1926 (writing from Berlin)


“Somebody said we had a chance to sell Germany some wheat and cotton on time. Sure, let ’em have all they want, and take the pay out in good German beer. Then pass a law that if you found a man drinking whiskey he gets ten years.” – Daily Telegrams, August 2, 1931


“That little fellow Einstein sailed away for Germany today, and we sure do miss him in California. The radios, the banquet tables and the weeklies will never seem the same. He came here for rest and seclusion. He ate with everybody, talked with everybody that had any film left, attended every luncheon, every dinner, every movie opening, every marriage and two-thirds of the divorces. In fact, he made himself such a good fellow that nobody had the nerve to ask him what his theory was.” – Daily Telegrams, March 5, 1931