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Liberation Day

The author and her granny in 1997

A very German generation gap

Seventy years after the End of WWII, May 8 is officially celebrated as „Liberation Day“ in Germany. Not long ago, there were still heated debates about how to call, how to define that date adequately. Now, the voices protesting against a definition of mere liberation have become fewer and softer.

My mother was eight years old in early 1945. She was absolutely convinced they were all going to be killed if the war was lost. Nobody had told her that, but she concluded it from the horror stories the girl had overheard from adults‘ conversations. By then she had already been traumatised by the constant bomb raids which destroyed her home town at the Rhine river in western Germany by 98%.

She couldn’t have experienced May 8 as liberation day then, but surely fe...

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