5 March – Today in German History

1933 

  • The Nazi Party won 44 percent of the vote in German parliamentary elections.

1943 

  • Germany called fifteen and sixteen-year-olds for military service due to war losses.

1946

  • In one of the most famous orations of the Cold War period, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill condemns the Soviet Union’s policies in Europe and declares, “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent.” Churchill’s speech is considered one of the opening volleys announcing the beginning of the Cold War.
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