Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Today in History: Nazi Forces Surrender

On this day in history, May 7, 1945, Nazi Germany surrendered unconditionally to Allied Forces, just a week after Adolf Hitler took his own life.

The end of the war set off jubilant celebrations across Europe as well as in the US, of course. It happened that U.S. President Harry Truman was celebrating his 61st birthday. He dedicated the victory to his predecessor, President Roosevelt who had died weeks earlier on April 12th.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was born shortly after the war's end, and I say with a certain tinge of melancholy that there was a time--even within the past ten years or so--that the dates 7, 8, and 9 May meant precisely everything to the world-at-large; but now, with new wars to fight and newer generations all-too-enthusiastically yearning to gain their own taste of battle, the unparalleled saga of World War II is largely forgotten, recalled today only by historians and a rapidly vanishing segment of the world population once directly cauterized by it--the worst conflagration ever to rage over the planet.

If anyone's interested in remembering this most memorable of human events, they're freely invited to visit here:

or simply look to, and type "Dmitri Hvorostovsky," and the words "Poslednii Boi." Also found on this site are Hvorostovsky's tribute to Moscow's epic military stand against the German Wehrmacht between September 1941 and April 1942, as encapsillated in the stirring song, "Moya Moskva."