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It was the Ninth of November

PostThu Nov 09, 2017 1:28 pm

November 9th: the day German history keeps being made

Four 20th century events that happened on November 9th. Photos: DPA

It is widely known that the Berlin Wall came down on November 9th, 1989. But the "Day of Fate" is a date on which several momentous events in German history have happened.
November 9th is known as the "Day of Fate" (Schicksalstag) in Germany because five different but defining events in German history occurred on that day.

After the Berlin Wall was pulled down on November 9th 1989, it seemed to many a logical day to celebrate the reunification of Germany.

However, there is good reason why October 3rd was ultimately chosen as der Tag der deutschen Einheit (German Unity Day).

In 1923, November 9th witnessed the Munich Beer Hall Putsch, the first, unsuccessful attempt by the National Socialist Party to seize power in Munich.

Exactly 15 years later, after five years of Nazi rule, another of the darkest events of Germany’s 20th century occurred: Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass.

A nationwide pogrom against the Jews, Kristallnacht was carried out by both SA paramilitary forces and German citizens.

It was therefore decided that November 9th was too emotive a day, and that reunification celebrations would overshadow the remembrance of other poignant events...

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