STATUE PRESENTED TO WAHLSTATT MILITARY SCHOOL’S HEADMASTER.
This is a statue that was given to the military school headmaster at Wahlstatt, which was located in Eastern Prussia. Wahlstatt was one of several junior military schools around Germany. When its students graduated and wanted to pursue a military career, they would go to Lichterfelde, Germany’s primary military academy located in Berlin. The statue shows a young cadet standing in his school uniform. The statue stands 16″ tall overall, is 5″ wide, and 3 ½” deep. The statue itself measures 11″ in height, while its wooden base measures 5″ in height.
On the statue’s front just below the cadet is a plaque that reads:
die Offiziere u. Lehrer
1. 10. 05.-31. 3. 10.”
[For the departing head teacher Dr. Ronneburger from the
officers and teachers of the Wahlstatt Cadet Houses].
Please remember the above dates, as they will become very important a bit later].
On the base of the statue itself is the name “Willi Klein – Kolnar – 1909,” (probably the sculptor).
Also seen is the firm that produced the statue, “C. Rakenius & Co. – Berlin.”
When I first saw this statue, I will be honest and say that I was not overly impressed with it. I generally try to offer you statues of famous royal or military figures. Sometimes I will offer a statue of a military officer who is being honored by other officers under his command on the occasion of his departing for another post. Something, however, kept niggling at me about Wahlstatt. The fact that it was in East Prussia (now Poland, where its name has been converted to Polish) rang another bell. After a bit more research, I learned that two of its VERY famous alumni were none other than Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg AND Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen! More important, von Richthofen attended Wahlstatt for six years, most of them during the 1905 to 1910 period of our headmaster. He began his schooling in the 1903-1904 school year. He probably remained until about 1909, when he entered Lichterfelde.
This renders the modest-looking statue historically significant. I am sure you will enjoy this in your collection.