Remembrance Day, 11/11/11

Unconditional Surrender, Karlshorst, Berlin 2010

© Leslie Hossack

World War I officially ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, with the signing of the Armistice. Remembrance Day is still observed at that time, and this year’s ceremonies will take place today, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 2011.

World War I, The War to End All Wars, was fought from 1914 to 1918. Just over 20 years later in 1939, World War II broke out and lasted almost seven years. Nazi Germany, and the war in Europe, finally came to an end with the signing of an unconditional surrender on May 8th 1945.

This historic event took place in the room shown above. It is located in the Karlshorst district of Berlin, in a building constructed in 1936-1938 by Germany’s National Socialist government. The building initially served as the officers’ mess of the German Armed Forces Pioneer School. After World War II,  it was the seat of the Soviet Military Administration in Germany from 1945-1949. Today it is the German-Russian Museum.