In Germany, the rough equivalent of Memorial Day and Armistice Day is known as Volkstrauertag. This word does not translate well into English. One rough literal translation would be People's Day of Mourning. It was first observed in 1922. In 1933 with the Nazi takeover of power, they renamed Volkstrauertag as Heldengedenktag, which is roughly translated into English as Memory of Heroes Day. Heldengedenktag became a significant propaganda event in Nazi Germany. After 1945, the use of the term Heldengedenktag was abandoned because of its close association with the Nazi government.
That's why there are three distinct historical sub-categories here.
- For media prior to 1933, please use Category:Volkstrauertag (Weimar republic)
- For media 1933-1945, please use Category:Heldengedenktag
- For media post 1945, please use Category:Volkstrauertag (Bundesrepublik Deutschland)
- Deutsch: Volkstrauertag