Commemorating the First World War 2014-2018

2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. Here you can find a collection of informative websites about events in Germany commemorating the First World War, as well as speeches and articles by German politicians.

Foreword from Ambassador Ammon

Here you can find Ambassador Ammon's foreword on the First World War centenary, first published in a special edition of DE Magazin Deutschland in June 2014. Dr Ammon is the German Ambassador to the Court of St James's.

Bundestag

Official events commemorating the outbreak of the First World War

Throughout 2014, official events are taking place across Germany and beyond to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War. Click here to find articles about a selection of these events.

Alfred Grosser speaks in the Bundestag, 3 July 2013

Speeches and opinion pieces

Here you can find speeches and opinion pieces by German and international public figures commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Reading room in the Federal Foreign Office

Resources

Take a look at a diverse range of resources and projects focussing on the centenary of the First World War.

Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach

Other Events

Find current, past and future events commemorating the First World War in the UK and Germany here.

Selection of German shells in France in 1917

Year of commemoration 2014 – a task for German foreign policy

One hundred years have passed since the outbreak of the First World War, 75 years since the start of the Second World War. We are celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall and the peaceful revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe for the 25th time. Ten years ago the EU’s eastward enlargement was successful.

2014 - a year of anniversaries

2014 – year of remembrance

In 2014, 100 years will have passed since the outbreak of the First World War, 75 years since the start of World War II, and 25 years since of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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When We Were 17: Youth at the Crossroads

A young man touches a gravestone at the WWI German military cemetery at Langemark, Belgium

Deutsche Welle's new video series sheds light on what life was like for young Germans at key points in 20th century history. These two short films take a look at the experiences of two people who were 17 when the First World War broke out in 1914: Erich Krems, a soldier killed in action in 1916, and Helene Mierisch, who spent the war serving as a field nurse.