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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