Today in history

When you get a coffee somewhere in the morning, there’s always people chatting. Especially with the nice weather at hand they all seem to go outside to occupy the cafes and little coffee shops in the neighborhood.

So one thing that’s just too common and very stereotypical for this picture are discussions about politics. So here’s some stuff to keep in mind since most of us like to engage in chats bitching about “those politicians” (up there) and since we like to take democracy for granted.

29th March, 1936: Adolf Hitler receives 99% of the votes in a referendum to ratify Germany’s illegal reoccupation of the Rhineland, receiving 44.5 million votes out of 45.5 million registered voters. Only three years earlier (in 1933) all political parties and political liberty had been abolished.

2 Comments so far

  1. William Thirteen (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 10:44 am

    of course by this time the reoccupation was already three weeks old!

    from Wikipedia – “…Nazi Germany remilitarized the Rhineland on Saturday, March 7, 1936. The occupation was done with very little military force, the troops entering on bicycles, and no effort was made to stop it. France could not act due to political instability at the time, and, since the remilitarisation occurred on a weekend, the British Government could not find out or discuss actions to be taken until the following Monday.”

    memo to self: oil bike chain, carry extra innertubes (for flat tires) and always invade on a weekend!

  2. till (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 11:16 am

    Yeah, invading on the weekend – so maybe you skip Friday night news and have time to install your regime until Monday!

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