German Unity Day

German Unity Day Quick Facts

AKA NameTag der Deutschen Einheit
Hashtags#GermanUnityDay, #GermanUnityDC
2019 Date3 October 2019
2020 Date3 October 2020
German Unity Day

German Unity Day History

German Unity Day commemorates the reunification of Germany in 1990. Following Germany's defeat in World War II, the nation was split into zones controlled by the Allied winners. Once this arrangement failed a few years, the zones became Western and Soviet (Eastern). Once economic reform and prosperity arrived in the Western side, the Eastern side constructed the Berlin Wall to further separate the lands.

German Unity Day is celebrated annually 3 October. Prior to 1990, Unity Day was celebrated on 17 June, a day which marked the national holiday for West Germany.

German Unity Day Facts & Quotes

  • On 23 June 1948, the Western nations introduced a new form of currency in Western Germany. This new currency caused the Soviet Union to issue the Berlin Blockade the following day.
  • The Berlin Wall was built on the night of 12 August 1948 with barbed wire. Originally, it only stretched through some 50km through Berlin.
  • The Berlin Wall's concrete section was 3.6m high and could only be passed through at Checkpoint Charlie (Friedrichstrasse).
  • The demolition of the Berlin Wall began on 9 November 1989. 339 days later, the nations would be reunified and East Germany and West Germany would once again be one.
  • The fall of the Berlin Wall did more for the progress of freedom than all of the books written by myself or Friedrich Hayek or others. - Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize winning economist

German Unity Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Generate awareness for the day on social media by posting pictures of you and your friends or family and the hashtags #GermanUnityDay, #ReunitedGermany #FallofWall.
  • Watch a documentary about the Reunification of Germany and the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Some of our suggestions include: The Reunification of Germany, German Reunification, The Fall of the Berlin Wall and The Wall.
  • Indulge in some traditional German foods to celebrate the National Day. Enjoy Apfelstrudel, Eintopf, Kasespatzle, Shnitzel and Wurst.
  • Attend the Unity Street Fest in Berlin near the Brandenburg Gate. The Fest includes a parade, beer gardens and of course a German concert.
  • Celebrate the day in Romerberg and Paulsplatz in Frankfurt. Enjoy speeches from the President, concerts from German stars and stories from those who lived through the era of the Berlin Wall.

German Unity Day References and Related Sites

German Holidays
Separation of Berlin
Berlin Wall Facts
Berlin Blockade

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