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Armistice Day

November 11th, 2016

Peace now, more than ever.

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  1. November 20th, 2016 at 13:33 | #1

    100 years ago, peace activists were left-wing, today they are ‘far right’

    Whilst Australian histories tend to give credit to Australian soldiers led by General John Monash for defeating Germany on the Western Front in November 1918, the capitulation of Germany may, in fact, have been the result of the uprisings of 9 November 1918 in Germany led by the anti-war Spartakusbund of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht. The Spartakusbund was later to become the Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands (KPD) or Communist Party of Germany.

    The uprising was preceded on 3 November by a mutiny of German sailors, who refused to sail to fight a suicidal last battle against the British Royal Navy.

    Sadly, the uprising in Berlin was crushed by right-wing Freikorps mercenaries and Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Libknecht were executed by them on 1 June 1919.

    Had the German Communists succeeded … Adolf Hitler would have become a small footnote in history and the subsequent war in which 60 million were to die would have been prevented.

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