1945: OUR COMMON VICTORY
THE DEFEAT OF NAZISM IN EUROPE MEANT THE VICTORY OF HUMANISM, FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY
This year the world marks the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazism in Europe. On May 8, 1945, in the presence of representatives of the U.S.S.R., the United States, Great Britain and France, the German Instrument of Surrender was signed in the Berlin suburb of Karlshorst.
Russia and other former Soviet states traditionally celebrate this memorable date on May 9, as Moscow already saw the morning of the following day at the moment when the military surrender was signed. Although the Second World War lasted for another long four months up to the surrender of the Japanese armed forces, the defeat of Nazism in Europe meant the triumph of the forces of humanism, freedom and democracy.
The joy of victory and the end of the bloody war was equally shared by all nations that contributed to the defeat of the common enemy. The soldiers of the anti-Hitler coalition, united with the triumph of victory and belief in a peaceful future, felt part of a united humankind, a united civilization based on bright ideals of good and justice.