Unconditional Surrender
May 8, 1945

The articles published by The Times-Picayune during the last days of the war make for dramatic reading.

A front page article on April 30, 1945, informs the reader that the 7th Army had captured Munich, the city where Hitler’s movement began.
That same day our survivor Martin Wasserman was liberated by the Americans at Dachau concentration camp, located in a suburb of Munich. In his documentary Martin describes the day of liberation.

MARTIN WASSERMAN: LIBERATED BY AMERICANS

Readers of The Times-Picayune got a glimpse of Nazi barbarity in the issue of May 1, 1945: a disturbing photograph on page 3 of The Times-Picayune showed SS women burying the skeletal remains “of hundreds of former prisoners” in a huge mass grave. The American soldiers were sickened by what they encountered at the concentration camps.

Martin Wasserman discusses the arrangement that he and other prisoners reached with the Americans.

MARTIN WASSERMAN: THREE DAYS OF REVENGE

On May 2, 1945, The Times-Picayune reported that Hitler was believed to be dead. His death came too late for our survivor Dora Niederman. She was liberated by the Russians in Poland.


DORA NIEDERMAN: THEY RAPED EVERYBODY

Our survivor Felicia Fuksman was liberated by Russians at a labor camp in Wittenberge, Germany, not far from Berlin.



FELICIA FUKSMAN: LIBERATION BY RUSSIANS AND BOILING POTATOES

The German military surrendered unconditionally in Berlin on May 8, 1945.