Europe: The Anniversary

Twenty years ago, the Third Reich died amid the fiery rubble of conquered Berlin, having pulled into ruins much of the rest of the Continent as well. To day, Western Europe is prosperous and at peace. And yet, as the nations last week commemorated Hitler's Zusam-menbruch, the very way they went about it proved — for all the gleaming miracles of glass and stone — how wide spread are the new divisions that afflict Europe two decades later.

While Paris erupted with fireworks, flowers and music on V-E day, West Germany's Bundestag, not...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!