German Unity Day

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German Unity Day is the national day of Germany, celebrated on 3 October as a public holiday. It commemorates the anniversary of German reunification in 1990.

An alternative was the day the Berlin Wall came down: 9 November 1989. This was the day 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 thought inappropriate as a national holiday.[1][2]

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  1. Kosmidou, Eleftheria Rania 2012. European Civil War films: memory, conflict, and nostalgia. pp. 9–10. ISBN 1136250646
  2. Deutsche Welle (dw.de) (9.11.2004). Schicksalstag der Deutschen.