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I. On Nov 17, 1816 Frederick William III of Prussia issued a cabinet order specifying that the last Sunday of the church year was to be set aside as a nationwide church feast in memory of the deceased (Memorials to the dead). This had been preceded, on Jul 4, 1816, by a “ceremony in memory of the soldiers who fell on the battlefield.” In addition to commemorating those who had lost their lives in the wars of liberation, the decision in favor of the new feast was influenced by mour…

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Bieritz, Karl-Heinrich, “Totensonntag”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 September 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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