30 years German unity

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Tag der Deutschen Einheit Potsdam 2020 © miteinander-brandenburg.de

Tag der Deutschen Einheit Potsdam 2020 © miteinander-brandenburg.de

The German Unity Day (German: Tag der Deutschen Einheit) is the National Day of Germany, celebrated on 3 October as a public holiday. It commemorates the anniversary of German reunification in 1990 when the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) were unified, so that for the first time since 1945 there existed a single German state. The German Unity Day on 3 October has been the German National Holiday since 1990, when the reunification was formally completed. An alternative choice to commemorate the reunification could have been the day the Berlin Wall came down: 9 November 1989, which coincided with the anniversary of the proclamation of the German Republic in 1918, and the defeat of Hitler’s first coup in 1923. However, 9 November was also the anniversary of the first large-scale Nazi-led pogroms against Jews in 1938 (Kristallnacht), so the day was considered inappropriate as a national holiday. (November 9 in German history.) Therefore, 3 October 1990, the day of the formal reunification, was chosen instead and replaced the “Day of German Unity” on 17 June, the national holiday of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1954.

Read more on DW, 2 October 2020: Everything you need to know about German reunification, DW, 3 October 2020: German Unity Day: Steinmeier hails ‘joy and courage’, The New York Times, 3 October 2020: Germany’s Far Right Reunified, Too, Making It Much Stronger, DW, 3 October 2020: Germany faces old problems 30 years after reunification, The New York Times, 3 October 2020: After 30 Years, East and West Germans Wonder: How United Are We?, DW, 3 October 2020: Germany before and after reunification, The National, 3 October 2020: German Unity Day: Celebrations 30 years after reunification, German reunification, berlin.de – Day of German Unity Celebrations 2020, Wikipedia German Green Belt, Wikipedia German Unity Day and Wikipedia German reunification (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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