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Foto: Timofej Melnik, Museum Berlin-Karlshorst

The German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst is commemorating the end of the Second World War in Europe on May 8, despite the museum being closed. A special framework for May 8, 2021 will be created in digital form - with a podcast and the "Toast to Peace" in virtual form:

Podcast for May 8th - "The signing of surrender in Berlin-Karlshorst in the memoirs of those involved"

In memory of the solemn act of surrender and in order to trace the historical situation 76 years ago, memoirs and remembrance reports from people involved at the time were put together as a podcast. With the personal accounts of Marshal Georgi Shukow, the French General Jean de Lattre de Tassigny or the British Marshal Arthur Tedder, the events come to life in an interesting way.

One of the voices that will be heard on the podcast is that of American Captain Harry C. Butcher, a personal advisor to General Eisenhower, who described the discussions about the formulation of the deed of surrender: “We stood around […] and kicked one Foot on the other. Everyone grew tired and weary. Tedder sat out the situation calmly. He stuffed his pipe one after the other and puffed [...]. The negotiators who took care of the revision of the terms of surrender were assisted by Ike's [Eisenhower's] secretary Sergeant Nana Rae, who wisely brought her typewriter. [...] While nagotiating the the new version of surrender it was like being in a dovecote. "

From May 8, 2021, the podcast will be available to listen to on the museum website and can also be accessed via the popular podcast portals. It is only in German laguage available.

“Toast to Peace” on May 8th, 2021

The “Toast to Peace” traditionally closes the museum festival on May 8th. At a late hour, short toasts are spoken by representatives of civil society organizations from the countries of the former Allies and from Germany in the historic surrender hall. After the speeches, up to 300 listeners usually toast together to peace.

Despite the ongoing corona pandemic, the gesture of the “toast to peace” should not be missing this year: On May 8, the museum website will display video messages from adolescents and young adults from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, USA, Great Britain and France who will speak their toast virtually. Everyone is involved in the international initiative Peace Line of the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V., which this year initiated several projects to commemorate the end of the war in Europe 76 years ago.


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