November History


November Dates of Change

This week in history has had great significance to the people of Poland and a huge impact on the future of the world. As walls crumbled, prisoners freed and wars came to an end. Pivotal moments in history happened in the first part of the month of November than changed the landscape for years to come. November 3rd, 1984 Father Jerzy Poplieuszko was buried after his kidnapping and murder by the polish police. Thirty years later the changes he began can still be felt. November 7th, 1989, The East German government resigned after pro-democracy protests. This began the unraveling of the East and West German division. November 9th, 1989, the Berlin wall is opened after dividing the countries for 28 years. November 10th, 1989, the wall came tumbling down at the hands of the German citizens. Twenty five years later there is still dancing in the streets in celebration and over one million people are expected to attend. As Communism began to falter in Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia in 1988 and 1989, new escape routes were opened to East Germans who wanted to flee to the West. Then suddenly, on the evening of November 9, 1989, an announcement made by East German government official Günter Schabowski stated, “Permanent relocations can be done through all border checkpoints between the GDR (East Germany) into the FRG (West Germany) or West Berlin.” read more… November 10th, 1980, Poland acknowledges the Solidarity union which Father Jerzy Poplieszko becomes a champion of the fight. November 11th 1918, the Polish people celebrate their […]