August 14th in German History: The Cologne Cathedral is Completed

Yesterday, I discussed the start of construction on the Berlin Wall. On that day a symbol of oppression began to rise in Berlin, and when it fell the people of Germany rejoiced. Today is the anniversary of the completion of the construction of an entirely different symbol, the Cologne Cathedral. The Cathedral was completed onContinue reading “August 14th in German History: The Cologne Cathedral is Completed”

August 13th in German History: Construction on the Berlin Wall Begins

The Berlin Wall was the most visible symbol of communist oppression in Europe. For twenty-eight years it stood, holding the people of East Berlin captive under an oppressive government. On August 13th, 1961, the border between East and West Germany was officially closed and construction on the wall began. After the Second World War, GermanyContinue reading “August 13th in German History: Construction on the Berlin Wall Begins”

August 12th in German History: The Wola Massacre Ends

During the Second World War, Germany was responsible for uncountable massacres, atrocities and genocides. The reasons for these acts were many, but they often boiled down to a combination of racist hatred and a brutally practical desire to eliminate resistance. These motivations were behind the Wola Massacre, the killing of tens of thousands of PolesContinue reading “August 12th in German History: The Wola Massacre Ends”

August 11th in German History: The Death of Johann Tetzel

Martin Luther’s attacks on the Catholic Church and resulting protestant reformation shaped German and European History for centuries. Someone not often remembered is the man whose actions spurred Martin Luther to break with the church. That man was Johann Tetzel, who died on August 11th, 1519. Tetzel was born in the town of Pirna inContinue reading “August 11th in German History: The Death of Johann Tetzel”

August 10th in German History: The Battle of Narva

Although the Soviet Union largely held the initiative on the Eastern Front after the Battle of Kursk, the weakened German armies were still able to put up significant resistance throughout 1944. At the Battle of Narva, the Soviet assaults were held back by soldiers of the Wehrmacht and SS. Although Narva itself fell to theContinue reading “August 10th in German History: The Battle of Narva”

August 9th in German History: The Birth of Erich Huckel

The German people have made enormous contributions to all fields of science. Erich Huckel was one of the innumerable Germans whose work moved humanity forward and helped to further the scope of human knowledge. He was born on August 9th, 1896. Huckel was born in Berlin, in the affluent suburb of Charlottenburg. He studied atContinue reading “August 9th in German History: The Birth of Erich Huckel”

August 8th in German History: The Start of the Hundred Days Offensive

The First World War was characterized by years of bloody stalemate. Offensive after offensive failed to break the trenches, and millions died for little perceivable gain. It would require hundreds of thousands of men from the United States, a nation that had only just entered the war, and a collapse of the German economy andContinue reading “August 8th in German History: The Start of the Hundred Days Offensive”

August 7th in German History: The Birth of Carl Ritter

It is hard to imagine a time before accurate maps. For well over a century every distance and landmass in the world has been recorded and mapped, allowing anyone to see what the world looks like. One often forgets that as late as the 19th century large parts of the world were still relatively unknown.Continue reading “August 7th in German History: The Birth of Carl Ritter”

August 6th in German History: German U-Boats Commence Operations against British Shipping

One of the most well-known instruments of German warfare are the U-Boats, submarines which gained fame during the First and Second World Wars through their attempts to cut Great Britain off from world trade by sinking merchant shipping. On August 6th, 1914, two days after Britain declared war on Germany in WWI, ten U-Boats leftContinue reading “August 6th in German History: German U-Boats Commence Operations against British Shipping”

August 5th in German History: The Death of Wilhelm Marx

The Weimar Republic suffered from political turmoil during its short existence. The humiliation of the Great War and financial turmoil led to the collapse of government after government, and numerous changes to Germany’s laws were made. However, there were those who tried to create a stable and democratic Germany. One such man was Wilhelm Marx,Continue reading “August 5th in German History: The Death of Wilhelm Marx”