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Germany Surrenders in WWII (May 8, 1945)
May 8, 1945

Moment 59: Germany Surrenders in WWII

Known as V-E Day (“Victory in Europe Day”) and celebrated around the world, on May 8, 1945, President Harry Truman announced over the radio Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces, signaling the end of World War II in Europe. Coinciding with his 61st birthday, President Truman declared, “This is a solemn but a glorious hour. I only wish that Franklin D. Roosevelt had lived to witness this day. General Eisenhower informs me that the forces of Germany have surrendered to the United Nations. The flags of freedom fly all over Europe.” He continued that the war was not officially over due to continued fighting with Japan and said, “If I could give you a single watchword for the coming months, that word is work, work, and more work. We must work to finish the war. Our victory is but half won."

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