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60 years ago. May 8, 1945. Victory in Europe Day. Germany does what it had said it will never do- surrenders. Unconditionally. Hitler is gone, Italy has fallen, and now there is the death of millions of Germans, British, French, American, Dutch, Russian. More than that, it is the death of an ideology. An ideology that fosters a culture of death, the idea of a master race, child turning in parent, brother against brother. 6 million Jews are murdered. 5 million other undesirables- Gypsies, Greeks, mentally ill, physically handicapped, elderly, the "unwanted". In Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen, Dachau, death camps in which survivors are greeted by troops who cannot believe their eyes. They must forget these horrors in order to survive.
60 years ago. Hope comes once again to Europe, and to its remaining allies. The work of rebuilding the Continent has only begun, and before the end another insidious horror will claim numerous more lives and minds. But on this day, a victory. A hope for the future, a hope for a better world, for an enemy has been conquered, and a people has been set free. The battle continues, in the Pacific, and at home the battle for hearts and minds is still being fought. But today, there is rejoicing. Rejoicing for the boys who are coming home, and sorrow for the ones who did not return. Today, there is victory. Victory in Europe, and hope for the world.
60 years ago. May 8, 1945. May we never forget.