April 19th in German History: The Protestant Reformation

One of the most influential events in the history of Germany, one that still divides Germany today, is the Protestant Reformation. The Reformation first began when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church and it quickly spread across Europe via the printing press. It spread first to the GermanContinue reading “April 19th in German History: The Protestant Reformation”

April 18th in German History: European Coal and Steel Community Established

In this blog I attempt to cover all aspects of German history with both the brighter and darker moments of it. April 18th is the anniversary of one of the brighter moments. On April 18th, 1951, West Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands all signed the Treaty of Paris, or more specifically theContinue reading “April 18th in German History: European Coal and Steel Community Established”

April 17th in German History: The Second Battle of Gaza

April 17th is another date in German military history. On this day in 1917, the Second Battle of Gaza began as the British expeditionary force began the next phase of its Palestine campaign. The battle saw British, and British Imperial, troops attack fortified positions defended by soldiers of the Ottoman Empire. The battle is notContinue reading “April 17th in German History: The Second Battle of Gaza”

April 16th in German History: The Signing of The Treaty of Rapallo

The study of history focuses to a great extent on the wars that have so often defined it. This focus may be justified, wars are certainly important, but it can give the impression that human history is nothing but a series of wars and ignores the many attempts at creating peace between nations. One ofContinue reading “April 16th in German History: The Signing of The Treaty of Rapallo”

April 15th in German History: The Birth of Wilhelm Busch

April 15th is the anniversary of yet another lesser known event in German history. On April 15th, 1832, Wilhelm Busch was born. Wilhelm Busch was a German poet and illustrator who published comic versions of cautionary tales. Busch was born in Wiedensahl and was the oldest of seven children. However, he was educated in aContinue reading “April 15th in German History: The Birth of Wilhelm Busch”

April 14th in German History: Henry III Becomes Holy Roman Emperor

While it is certainly important to remember the more recent events in history, I think that it is just as critical that we attempt to preserve the knowledge of the more distant past that perhaps has less direct bearing on the present. The people of those times, while not as obviously connected to our currentContinue reading “April 14th in German History: Henry III Becomes Holy Roman Emperor”

April 13th In German History: The Fall of Vienna

When one thinks about final battles of the Second World War, one generally thinks of the Battle of Berlin. That battle saw the death of Adolf Hitler and the end of the German Army being anything approaching an effective fighting force. The fall of the Nazi capitol was one of the most horrific battles ofContinue reading “April 13th In German History: The Fall of Vienna”

April 11th In German History: The Liberation of Buchenwald

The Holocaust was the worst single act perpetrated by the German Nation. The German government, with the active participation of much of the population and the compliance of the rest, perpetrated the mass murder of millions of Jews, Roma, and other politically and racially undesirable groups. On April 10th, 1945, a major part of thisContinue reading “April 11th In German History: The Liberation of Buchenwald”

April 10th in German History: The Creation of the Dutch of Prussia

The Teutonic Order is an order of knights that, while founded in Jerusalem, is most famous for its efforts to Christianize Eastern Europe and for later wars with the Kingdom of Poland. The Teutonic Order controlled much of modern day Prussia and Pomerania for hundreds of years, but by the 15th century had come underContinue reading “April 10th in German History: The Creation of the Dutch of Prussia”

April 9th in German History: The German Invasion of Norway and Denmark

Two events relating to Nazi Germany occurred on April 9th. The first, the start of the invasion of Norway and Denmark, was another in the string of Axis victories that characterized the first years of the Second World War. The second, the hanging of anti-Nazi pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, was a final act of desperation inContinue reading “April 9th in German History: The German Invasion of Norway and Denmark”