th 7 Grade German Here is a short introduction of some events in German history. The German Flag Symbol Of Germany Germany Today The Start of World War I • World war I started in the Balkans. • On June 28, 1914, archduke Franz Ferdinand of AustriaHungary and his wife were murdered in Sarajevo, BosniaHerzegovina. America Enters the War • At the start of World War I, President Wilson had declared the neutrality of the United States. • The sinking of the Lusitania and other German actions against civilians drew American sympathies to the Allies. Celebration Time • Cheering the end of world war I, on Nov. 11, 1918. • The long, horrible war had taken the lives of nearly 10 million soldiers. Germany After WWI Start of World War II • World War II began on Sept. 1, 1939, when Germany invaded Poland. World War II • Germany's dictator, Adolf Hitler, had built Germany into a powerful war machine. Axis Powers • Germany, Italy, and Japan formed an alliance known as the Axis. Six other nations eventually joined the Axis. General Eisenhower Speaks • Talking to his men, general Dwight D. Eisenhower, commander of the Normandy invasion, wished paratroopers luck before they dropped behind German lines in France on d-day. D-day Invasion • D-day—June 6, 1944. • It was the largest sea borne invasion in history. The Air War • During world war II the B-24 bombers were used to strike factories, railroads, and other industrial targets. Some Casualties of World War II Prisoners Homeless Germany At The End Of WWII Unification of East Germany and West Germany • Oct. 3, 1990, millions of Germans celebrated throughout the country, including these people at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. Germany Today • Germany has a beautiful landscape. • It is rich in history. October Fest • Like most countries Germany likes to party and celebrate. Language and Culture • To learn a new language, you need to learn the culture of the language you are studying. • We will study both language and culture of Germany. • Culture includes, history, music, art, and day to day life.