May 8, 1945 – VE Day (Victory in Europe)

S.J. Ray, K.C. Star

Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day or VE Day) was on May  8, 1945, the date when the Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany and the end of  Hitler’s Third Reich.   On April 30 Hitler committed suicide during the Battle of Berlin  and so the surrender of Germany was authorized by his replacement, President of Germany Karl Donitz.  The act of military surrender was signed on  May 7 in Reims, France and May 8 in Berlin.

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