From: Lower Saxony Germany
Watching the premier league (football/soccer) and noticied that the players have the poppy on their shirts. I remember wearing the poppies whilst attending the Army schools here in Germany.
The only thing that is celebrated in Germany on the 11.11 is the beginning of their carneval which lasts till Feb 2013. They tend to forget that WW1 ended on this day, well a year later when the leaders got together in Versailles to sign the treaty.
It is not an easy matter to remember anybody that was killed in the war and the wars to follow, if you do, you tend to get thrown into the right wing fraction of Germany. The two World Wars are not a thing that get taught in schools over here, rather the political side of the 3rd Reich and their crimes commited against humanity. How it happened and how it might have been prevented. The exile of the Kaiser after WW1 leading to the Weimar Rebublic, are really the only parts of WW1 that get taught.
In some towns eg. Münster they have only just renamed a square Schloßplatz after it had been known for years as the Hindenburgplatz. Hindenburg was the person who made it possible for Hitler to gain power.
Germany remembers the peaceful side of their history, tries to work a way around the 3rd Reich. But fallen soldiers are not really remembered here, as in the UK, Commenwealth or the US.
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