Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
Today´s entry refers not so much to Kreuzberg only as to the whole of the late 19th-century Germany and is an answer to the question that must have been asked by many. So many, in fact, that an important Berlin newspaper felt obliged to finally answer it.
Berliner Gerichts-Zeitung, “A Newspaper for Crime-, Police- and Judicial Matters Inland and Abroad” published every second day in Linden-Strasse (original spelling) 33 in Berlin, informs its honourable readers that the rumour that all children born into Prussian Royal Family are indeed christened with the Holy Water from the river Jordan is true.
“A supply of it is kept at the royal pharmacy inside the Royal Castle. The tradition has it that after the christening ceremony has been performed, the remaining water used for the baptism is carefully stored again and delivered back to the pharmacy – something that has been done now as well, after Prince Joachim´s christening.”
Prinz Joachim von Preußen was the 6th son of Kaiser Wilhelm II and his first wife, Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria. Born on December 17th, 1890, he killed himself in July 1920 after a long history of depression additionally fuelled by the collapse of the monarchy in 1918 and his wife´s wish to divorce him. A fate that not even the Holy Water from the Holy Land could prevent.