Victory in Europe Day is the day celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces on Tuesday, 8 May 1945, marking the end of World War II in Europe. Several countries observe public holidays on the day each year, variously called Victory Over Fascism Day, Liberation Day or simply Victory Day. In the UK it is often abbreviated to VE Day, or V-E Day in the US, a term which existed as early as September 1944 in anticipation of victory.
Several former Soviet bloc countries like Russia, Belarus, and Serbia celebrate on 9 May. Israel also marks VE Day on 9 May, as a result of the large number of immigrants from the former Soviet bloc, although it is not a public holiday.
Sadly, most of the planned celebratory events have had to be cancelled owing to Covid-19, which will have been a disappointed many people.
In this week’s show there is some music that will act as a commemoration for May 8th, 75 years ago.