Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

V-E Day around the World

“Early on the morning of May 7, 1945, in a red-brick schoolhouse in Reims, France, General Alfred Jodl signed Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender in World War II. According to its terms, the surrender took effect the following day—May 8—at 11:01 p.m., when German soldiers across Europe laid down their arms. News of peace sparked massive rejoicing throughout Europe and the United States, as millions took to the streets to celebrate the end of nearly six grueling years of warfare. Now, 70 years later, see how five different nations welcomed the German surrender in Europe.”

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