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Armistice Day

Armistice Day is commemorated every year on November 11 to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning — the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. The date was declared a national holiday in many allied nations, and coincides with Remembrance Day and Veterans Day.

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In the years leading up to WWII, Adolf Hitler spent the majority of his time painting. He produced hundreds of paintings and even attempted to make a living out of his art. In his youth, Hitler had aspired to become a professional artist. However, he was rejected twice by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. The institute were displeased by how Hitler had much preferred painting architecture to people.

Shortly before the outbreak of WWII, Hitler told British ambassador Nevile Henderson: “I am an artist and not a politician. Once the Polish question is settled, I want to end my life as an artist.” Even while serving in WWI, Hitler continued to paint during his downtime. One can’t help but question whether Hitler had succeeded in his childhood dreams, then maybe he could have gone down a different and positive path.