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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 1935 after the Nazi takeover of power in 1933, 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.

01.03.1925 Volkstrauertag
28.02.1926 Volkstrauertag
13.03.1927 Volkstrauertag
04.03.1928 Volkstrauertag
24.02.1929 Volkstrauertag
16.03.1930 Volkstrauertag
01.03.1931 Volkstrauertag
21.02.1932 Volkstrauertag
12.03.1933 Volkstrauertag
25.02.1934 Volkstrauertag
(german law from 27.02.1934 Gesetz über die Feiertage renamed "Volkstrauertag" to "Heldengedenktag")
17.03.1935 Heldengedenktag
08.03.1936 Heldengedenktag
21.02.1937 Heldengedenktag
13.03.1938 Heldengedenktag
12.03.1939 Heldengedenktag
10.03.1940 Heldengedenktag
16.03.1941 Heldengedenktag
15.03.1942 Heldengedenktag
21.03.1943 Heldengedenktag
12.03.1944 Heldengedenktag
11.03.1945 Heldengedenktag
17.03.1946 Volkstrauertag
02.03.1947 Volkstrauertag
22.02.1948 Volkstrauertag
13.03.1949 Volkstrauertag
05.03.1950 Volkstrauertag
18.02.1951 Volkstrauertag
16.11.1952 ... Volkstrauertag ....

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This category has the following 3 subcategories, out of 3 total.