What is the strangest thing you can remember? Does anyone know what is important about 11/11/11? No this isn’t a math question.
The reason that I ask about 11/11/11 is that believe it or not World War 1 ended on the 11th of November 1918 at 11am. At the time it was thought to be the ‘War to End All Wars’. As we know that isn’t what happened.
Now you may be wondering why I bring this up today and I will explain. I was at the VA Medical Center in Seattle today and saw a person who was from WWII and 91 years old. I began to realize that most of the younger people will not get to know the people who were in that war due to their age.
Here are some interesting facts about World War 1 and World War 2 that you might want to think about when listening to the people who are wanting to run the United States Government as President of the country.
First off: At the time that World War 1 was getting close to starting most of the European Countries were run by one Imperial family. England had Queen Victoria’s family known as the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha on the throne. Queen Victoria passed away in 1901 and her son King Edward VII took the throne. ( http://www.britroyals.com/kings.asp?id=victoria ) His cousins were Tzar Nicholas Romanoff II of Russia
( https://www.britannica.com/biography/Nicholas-II-tsar-of-Russia ) and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. His parents were Frederick III and Victoria, daughter of Queen Victoria. ( http://www.firstworldwar.com/bio/wilhelmii.htm )
When the first World War broke out it was due to the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and his wife getting shot and passing away in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914. (http://www.firstworldwar.com/origins/causes.htm )
At the end of World War 1, the German’s were forced to sign the Treaty of Versailles, on 28 June 1919. (http://www.firstworldwar.com/source/versailles.htm )
This led to the ‘stab in the back’ theory that was in Germany in the 1920’s. This gave the extreme left and extreme right a way to make people go against the Weimar Republic in Germany. (https://www.facinghistory.org/weimar-republic-fragility-democracy/readings/why-study-weimar-germany )
People in the military of Prussian Germany were forced to find other work and many were drawn to the NSDAP (Nazi) party. They were originally known as the ‘National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or NSDAP). The extreme way of thinking is what caused a very big mess called the Holocaust to happen and we all know the mess that happened in the world from there. ( http://www.historyplace.com/ )