Statue of Frederick the Great (King of Prussia, 1740-1786), on Unter den Linden, Berlin. The statue was originally commissioned by Frederick William IV, to commemorate Frederick's 100th birthday. The statue was taken down during the war, and is in jeopardy during the GDR of being melted down, and was only saved by a group of East German bureaucrats. After the GDR changed their minds about Frederick and decided that he was actually a communist, he was restored in 1985.
Frederick the Great of Prussia introduced greater religious freedom, expanded state economic functions, encouraged agricultural methods, promoted greater commercial coordination and greater equity, and cut back harsh traditional punishments.
Frederick the Great (1712-1786) in conversation with the French philosopher, Voltaire (1694-1778). Illustration from House of Hohenzollern in Pictures and Words by Carl Rohling and Richard Sternfeld. Published by Martin Oldenbourg in Berlin, c 1900.
This unique snuffbox was created in 1770 from 3,ooo diamonds and gold and belonged to King of Prussia Frederick the Great. Empress Alexandra, wife of Nikolay II also owned it until 1917. The next owner was Queen Mary, grandmother of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II.