Thinking Aloud: 70th Anniversary of Nazi Surrender

May 7, 2015 by Darius 

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the official surrender of Nazi Germany to Allied forces.  Given that Adolf Hitler had committed suicide a week earlier, the documents of unconditional surrender were signed by Alfred Jodl, a senior general of the German Armed Forces High Command acting on as a representative for German president Karl Dönitz.  Jodl was executed 17 months later after being found guilty of crimes against humanity at the Nuremberg Trials.

Tomorrow is the day the Allies celebrate Victory in Europe Day (or V-E Day).  It is likely that this will be the last 10-year anniversary of V-E Day that veterans of the war will actually still be alive to commemorate.

There will be some particularly long-lived veterans, of course, who may live to see the 75th anniversary of V-E Day, but effectively, in another ten years, World War II will have slipped from living memory into the pages of history.

Food for thought.

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