A contribution on by Christoph Brühl from the C2DH

The German Wehrmacht surrenders on May 8, 1945 – the day symbolizes the end of World War II and the end of National Socialist hegemony in Europe. The horrors officially came to an end in Luxembourg too. The Tageblatt talked to historian Christoph Brüll from the University of Luxembourg about the liberation of Luxembourg, May 8, 1945 and the immediate post-war period.

Here is the link to his contribution (in German):

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May 8, 1945 – Those who never returned home

May 8, 1945 – This day celebrates the liberation from the National Socialistic terror rule and marks an essential cut in the history of Europe. In 2020, 75 years after, this war went down into history books as the cruellest and violent armed conflict in the 20th century, where over 50 million lost their lives. 

“Help us to find them” – These calls were very common after the war in Luxembourg in magazines like “Ons Jongen” (1944-1951) of “Ligue des conscrits luxembourgeois réfractaires au service militaire allemand”, here: Ons Jongen, May 1948, p. 8.

While the unconditional surrender of the Wehrmacht finally marked the end of the National Socialist regime for most of Europe, Luxembourg dealt with reconstruction and the concern of the missing and the captured forced recruited, who had to fight (and die) for the German armed forces. Continue reading May 8, 1945 – Those who never returned home