Katja Hoyer Katja Hoyer

Germany’s ‘day of fate’ is a reminder of the country’s troubled past

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The 9 November is often called Germany’s Schicksalstag – Day of Fate. The date punctuates the fabric of the country’s calamitous search for a political identity like no other: from its origins as a constitutional monarchy, through democracy, dictatorship and division. As every year, today too marks a point of introspection for my compatriots.

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