The Importance Behind the 9th of November

The 9th of November. It is an important day in German history. It is on this day, 25 years ago, that the Berlin Wall fell. On the 9th of November 1989, the wall that had cut Berlin two, the wall that symbolised the Cold War, tyranny and oppression, came tumbling down.

It was a moment of joy. It was a moment of hope. It marked the beginning of a promising era for a new re-united Germany.

It is one of the quirks of German history that the 9th of November also marks two other decisive events of the 20th century. Two important events that affected Germany and the world.

It was a moment of joy. It was a moment of hope. It marked the beginning of a promising era for a new re-united Germany.

The 9th of November has become a fateful day in German history.

On the 9th of November 1918, Kaiser Wilhelm II was forced to abdicate and the German Republic was proclaimed. Exhausted by the burden of four years of war, the German Empire collapsed. The First World War took its toll on the Wilhelmine regime.

As the broken Kaiser headed into exile in the Netherlands, the Weimar Republic was proclaimed. The 9th of November 1918, like the fall of the Berlin Wall, was also a moment of hope. Hope for a new Germany rid of the arbitrary rule of a despotic monarch.

Yet, the association of the Weimar Republic with German defeat and surrender in World War I proved a burden it could not surmount. The Republic’s collapse led German to the tragedy of Nazism.

The 9th of November 1938 is one of the darkest days in German history.

The 9th of November 1938 was Kristallnacht. On this heinous night, the evil motivation of Nazi Germany was made clear. Nazi thugs went around in a frenzy of barbarism, burning, pillaging, destroying, and killing. The targets were Jews.

It is one of Germany’s darkest hours. It is when irrational hatred was paired with tyranny to promote evil.

The story of the 9th of November in not an easy one for Germany. It combines moments of extreme despair with moments of great hope. Its culmination, the 9th of November 1989, remains joyous. Few are those who long for the days of a divided Germany.

It is one of the forces of history that one day, in one country, can be so charged with meaning, that it can be so charged with conflicting emotions. This makes it all the more important to remember the 9th of November.

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