Victory In Europe: How the News Came

On the morning of Monday, May 7, while the East Coast was going to work, while the West Coast still slept, radios across the U.S. blared out the announcement of Germany's new foreign minister, Count Lutz Schwerin von Krosigk, that Germany had surrendered unconditionally. This was the first news that the end had come.

Less than an hour later, breathless newscasters had the definitive word. They broke in with an A.P. flash: ALLIES OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED GERMANY SURRENDERED UNCONDITIONALLY. The statement that there had been an Allied announcement was untrue, but the surrender of Germany...

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