A Trajectory of November Remembrances

1. On November 11, 1918, the armistice between Germany and the Western powers was signed in a railway carriage in Compiègne, ending the First World War. That day was observed as a day of mourning both on the Allied side and in Germany until the Nazis abolished it.

2. The Nazis substituted a day of mourning for the sixteen “blood martyrs” who had participated in Hitler’s Beer Hall Putsch in Munich on November 8–9, 1923.

3. November 9, 1938, was Crystal Night, widely considered the beginning of the Holocaust.

4. The Berlin Wall came down on November 9, 1989, ending the Cold War.


3 responses to “A Trajectory of November Remembrances

  1. Also Hitler held a plebiscite Nov. 12, 1933, and Nov. 10 was the birthday of both Luther and Schiller.

  2. and very few people growing a mustache during Movember will try for a Hitler style.

  3. Nell in Ontario

    The Americans dropped out of the Armistice Day European conflict commemoration as they already had their own ‘Day of the Dead’ from their domestic Civil War – their spring Memorial Day. Oddly they now dedicate the day of the Fallen as a celebration of the living, those who did come back from the wars experience – a Veterans Day.