Fic­tion

The Kaiser’s Last Kiss

  • From the Publisher
January 9, 2017

Soon to be a movie titled The Excep­tion star­ring Christo­pher Plum­mer, Lily James, and Jai Court­ney, The Kaiser’s Last Kiss fol­lows the exiled Kaiser Wil­helm, the young Nazi offi­cer assigned to guard him, and the Jew­ish maid who unwit­ting­ly comes between them.

It is 1940 and the exiled monarch Kaiser Wil­helm is liv­ing in his Dutch château, Huis Doorn. The old Ger­man king spends his days chop­ping logs and mus­ing on what might have been.

When the Nazis invade Hol­land, the Kaiser’s staff is replaced by SS guards, led by young and recent­ly com­mis­sioned SS offi­cer Mar­tin Krebbs, and an unlike­ly rela­tion­ship devel­ops between the king and his keep­er. While they agree on the right­ful­ness of Ger­man expan­sion and on hold­ing the nation’s Jew­ish pop­u­la­tion account­able for all ills, they dis­agree on the solu­tions.

But when Krebbs becomes attract­ed to Akki, a Jew­ish maid in the house, he begins to ques­tion his belief in Nazism. As the threads of his­to­ry con­spire with the reck­less­ness of the heart, The Kaiser, Unter­sturm­fuhrer Krebbs, and the mys­te­ri­ous Akki find them­selves increas­ing­ly con­flict­ed and grave­ly at risk…

Vis­it­ing Scribe: Alan Judd


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