How did Wilhelm II react to the death of Nicholas II?

Maki

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Jan 2017
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Only something like 15% of Germans voted for the Communists in the Weimar era, though. In turn, this raises an interesting question--did a majority of Germans actually want this revolution, or was it simply a vocal and active minority who successfully made this possible?
KPD faced a number of issues during the early Republic. Keep in mind:
1. There were two other bigger parties that also proclaimed themselves parties of the workers, SPD and USPD.
2. The leadership of the labor unions was staunchly anti-communist.
3. The Party was not unified, very quickly the left wing of the KPD left and formed a new communist party, KAPD.
4. There were other movements like National-bolshevism that competed with the communists.
5. It was not nationalistic enough. Germany was full of nationalistic sentiment following WW1 and KPD simply didn't follow that. During the French occupation of the Ruhr their motto was "stop Poincare at the Rhine and Cuno at the Spree".
 
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Futurist

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May 2014
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You presented a good question there.

The eldest grandson was probably older than 15, since Willy was born in '60 or maybe '61? It is interesting I haven't seen speculation about a grandson before.

EDIT: Crown Prince W.'s oldest son would turn 13, rather than 15, in July of '19.

A regency of six or seven years and retaining the monarchy might have been most practical choice. I think America was a bit foolhardy with the emphasis on ending the Prussian dynasty. Of course, hindsight is preferred too.
Small nitpick, but Willy was actually born in 1859.

You are correct about Willy's oldest grandson, though:

Prince Wilhelm of Prussia (1906–1940) - Wikipedia

Could Prince Eitel Friedrich (Willy's second son) be a good recent for the new teenage German Kaiser?

As for the wisdom of keeping the German monarchy, a lot might have depended on whether the German Kaiser would have been willing to remove Hitler at the onset of WWII (if Hitler would've still been appointed as Chancellor in the first place, that is) and also on whether the German Kaiser would have actually been willing to intervene to prevent Nazi atrocities during WWII had the war still occurred.