Remembrance Day for Victims of Fascism Date in the current year: September 11, 2016

Remembrance Day for Victims of Fascism The second Sunday in September is Remembrance Day for Victims of Fascism. This day is observed in many countries around the world, by people, whose families or friends fell as victims of fascism during World War II.

This remembrance day originates in the Soviet Zone of Occupation and then the German Democratic Republic. The Communists began the practice in 1945 in East Germany and later this event was politicized, especially on the onset of Cold War. In 1962 the ceremony already had a regular character in East Germany and it started to spread to other countries of the Soviet Union. After establishment of the Federal Republic this remembrance day was given a modest reinvention and some scope to re-emerge.

September was chosen to be an appropriate month for observation of this remembrance day, because it's the month, when World War II began and ended. The wreath laying ceremonies are held at the memorials, at the sites of former concentration camps and mass graves and of the victims of World War II.

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