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Old 11-09-2019, 06:08 PM
 
Location: New York Area
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November 9-10, 1938 was the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. Mobs inflamed by the Nazis trashed and burned synagogues, Jewish businesses and Jewish homes throughout the country. There was rapid progress from that to the The Wannsee Conference, where the "Final Solution" was formalized.

From the horrific to the truly great, also in Germany, November 9, 1989 was the date of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Freedom was celebrated as people danced. Finally a prison nation was unlocked.

Also on this day one of the strengths of constitutional monarchy in Australia occured, see 4. The crisis of 1974-75 – Parliament of Australia and The Dismissal of the Whitlam Government – November 11th, 1975. THe Governor General was able to depose Gough Whitlam, who was well on his way to becoming an English-speaking Hugo Chavez. Ironically, this occurred as the Edmund Fitzgerald famously sank, see The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald November 10, 1975. Also on this date, the U.N. defined Zionism as "a form of racism and racial discrimination.

What a difference a day (give or take) makes!!!
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Old 11-13-2019, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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My memory has it that a reunited Germany has initially considered designating November 9 as their national holiday in commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall. But then they remembered that Kristallnacht happened on that same date, and decided to pick another day instead.
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Old 11-13-2019, 08:55 PM
 
Location: New York Area
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My memory has it that a reunited Germany has initially considered designating November 9 as their national holiday in commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall. But then they remembered that Kristallnacht happened on that same date, and decided to pick another day instead.
That certainly shows good judgment on someone's part. Thanks for educating me.
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