November 9 – Day of Fate

November 9 – what a day!

It is know as the “German Day of Fate”. Throughout history events happened on this day that turned out to be turning points in German history.

Let’s take a look at the timetable:

November 9, 1918 –  Novemberrevolution in Berlin:  In the face of Germany’s defeat in WW I the chancellor Max von Baden declares the resignation of Emperor Wilhelm II.

Philipp Scheidemann declares the “German Republic”. Just a couple of hours later Karl Liebknecht proclaims the “free socialistic German republic”. What follows are almost civil war like circumstances which end  1919 in the “Weimar Republic”

November 9, 1923 – The Hitler-Ludendorff-Putsch (also known as Beer Hall Putsch): Adolf Hitler, Erich Ludendorff and others try to overthrow the government in Munich, Bavaria. This putsch still failed but we all know what happened 10 years later.

November 9, 1938 – Reichskristallnacht: Using the assassination of a German diplomat in Paris, France as a justification, the Nazis staged their attacs on the jewish community. They burned down synagogues and jewish stores and facilities. Hundreds of Jews are killed within a few days. Those events mark the shift from the isolation and discrimination of Jews to the open terror against Jews in the Third Reich.

November 9, 1989 – The Berlin Wall comes down. And let me tell you, I still get shivers whenever I think back at those days! Until this day, I am convinced that Günter Schabowski had no idea what he said at the press conference in the evening of November 9, 1989 when he announced that the lift of the travel restrictions would start immediately. When you watch him closely you can see that he looks almost helpless and confused. Who would have guessed that this little sentence would change the world history?

I almost don’t want to come back to my family tree because no matter what event I choose, it will be “meaningless” compared to the ones above.

But hey, this blog is about my family tree – everything on it has a meaning to me and my family!

On November 9, 1894 Elise Sophia Maria FRAHM, my 2nd cousin 4x removed married the gardener from Grevesmühlen Paul Friedrich Eduard Nicolaus HOLTZ in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

Frahm Holtz


Elise was born on May 7, 1869 in Boienhagen as the 7th or 8th of 10 children. I am not sure because she is a twin. Paul’s birthday is May 13, 1869 in Warnemünde, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

The pastor noted in the addendum to the churchbook that “Mrs. Holtz née Frahm gave birth to a child on February 26, 1895. She obtaind the bridal wreath by fraud” (translated from German). The “child” was their first daughter Alma.

I found all three of them in the 1900 census in Goldberg, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

Now I have to find out what happened to them in the new century.




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