TEARS OF HAPPINESS! The End of the War in Europe
May 8, 1945, was a day to celebrate. It was VE-Day, the long-awaited moment when the Allied forces triumphed over Nazi Germany to claim victory in Europe. But the joy brought by news of peace was dampened by the memory of fallen comrades and the ongoing war in the Pacific. From the liberation of Holland through the German surrender, celebrations in Canada and the servicemen’s return, CBC Archives follows Canadians as the war ends in Europe.
The end of the war in Europe is in sight. But how can the world’s nations keep the peace once the Second World War is over? At a conference in San Francisco, representatives from 50 countries are looking beyond the inevitable German surrender, the redrawing of national boundaries and the problem of millions of refugees displaced by war.
Their goal is to prevent another world war by drafting the charter of the United Nations. Planning for peace is crucial, says host Malcolm Wallace of the CBC Radio program Citizens’ Forum. Since the start of the war almost six years earlier, scientists have developed increasingly destructive weapons. Those weapons could be used at the outset of any subsequent world war, devastating the human race. By cooperating as the United Nations, the countries represented in San Francisco hope to stop wars before they start.