The View From Moscow – May 9, 1945

Finally, Joe said it was okay.

Finally, Joe said it was okay.

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Even after the initial surrender documents had been signed on May 6, Moscow was slow to respond to the news that the War in Europe was in fact, over. But finally, in the early hours of the morning on May 9, 1945, official news reported that the Germans had signed the surrender documents in Berlin and the celebrations got started.

And 70 years later, it’s still a different VE Day depending on where you are.

Here are a series of reports which were fed to the respective news outlets from Moscow on May 9, 1945. They are all reporting different aspects of the Russian reaction to the surrender news, but the universal opinion was that the war with Nazi Germany was over at last.

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