The fall of Berlin in 1945 marked a major turning point in the Second World War: it signified the end of Nazi Germany and signified the end of the war in Europe. On April 30, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker, and shortly after Russian troops entered the city. The people of Britain erupted into jubilation when Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) was declared on May 8th.
However, mournful joy soon replaced their elation as they remembered that President Roosevelt had passed away just weeks before VE Day. He had been an integral part of bringing about victory against Nazi Germany and his passing was a profound blow to the British people. President Harry S. Truman assumed office shortly thereafter and took up the task of bringing the war to a close.
The VE Day documentary tells this story from multiple perspectives, weaving together archival footage, dramatic reenactments, and candid interviews with those who experienced it first-hand. It is an emotionally powerful account that honors those who fought so bravely for our freedom during World War II, while also serving as a reminder that peace is never guaranteed — we must remain vigilant if we are to ensure our safety and protect our freedom today.
The documentary is not only an informative watch but also extremely moving — viewers will be greatly rewarded by taking part in its powerful story and honoring those who sacrificed so much for us all. If you haven’t yet seen this incredible piece of work, now is the time to do so!