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It was during the reign of Kaiser Wilhelm I that Germany was unified; as part of that process, Prussia and its German allies fought three short wars in a period of seven years against its neighbors Denmark, Austria and France. And in was in the shortest of those wars, the one fought against Denmark, that the formerly Danish enclave of Altona was attached to the Prussian State.

In the 1890s, this grand neo-baroque memorial to Wilhelm I was erected in front of the Altona town hall. The sculptor Gustav Eberlein created this sculptural allegory to great acclaim. The two young women at the base of the plinth represent the twinned provinces of Schlesweg and Holstein, and the gallant young men posing behind them symbolizes the heroic spirit of German warriors. On the side of the monument, another strapping youth with an anchor stands for the vigor of shipping and trade along the Elbe.

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