Today, the German people are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down. You can read about it on the news at http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/merkel-leads-berlin-wall-ceremony-30729681.html
November 9th is a very important date in German history because it was on that day that three very significant events happened.
It was on Nov. 9, 1918, that the Social Democrats took over Germany, forced the Kaiser to abdicate and then declared The Republic of Germany. Two days later, the Great War (WWI) ended. But it’s not over til it’s over. The peace terms of World War I led to World War II.
On that November day in 1918, Hitler was lying in a hospital bed, after being blinded by gas that had been used, by both sides, in battle. The take-over by the Social Democrats, on Nov. 9, 1918, led to Hitler and the Nazis taking over Germany, which then resulted in the Holocaust.
It was on November 9, 1938 that the event known as Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) took place. This was a one-day event in which Jewish stores and synagogues were destroyed throughout Germany.
Today, few people remember the first two events, but the fall of the Berlin wall, which took place, 25 years ago, on November 9th, is being celebrated today.