DossierCommemorating Liberation

On 8 May 1945, 75 years ago, Friedeburg, Keitel, and Stumpff ratified the declaration of surrender of the High Command of the German Armed Forces to the Allied Forces and the Red Army. For many, however, the war ended too late: millions of people died of hunger, persecution, torture, forced labour, in the concentration camps or in exile. This dossier offers different perspectives on liberation, a retrospective look at extermination, persecution, and war, but also on reckoning, reparations, and the politics of remembrance. In addition, the dossier addresses current and future remembrance work.

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