Moscow: V-E DAY: Europe's Separate Fates

A quarter of a century ago, the exhausted and half-leveled Continent of Europe declared an end to World War II. It was V-E day, the moment of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender to the Allied forces of the U.S., Britain and the Soviet Union. In retrospect, May 8, 1945, was not the joyous release from conflict that it seemed to anyone who still remembers that bright spring day. Within a few short years, a cold war would descend on the Continent, turning it into a zone of seem ingly permanent confrontation. Last week the nations...

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