Centralne Muzeum Jeńców Wojennych

The 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War

Yesterday, national Victory Day was celebrated by us. Director of the Museum, Violetta Rezler-Wasielewska and Dr Anna Wickiewicz, head of Education and Exhibition Department, lit a candle in front of the Monument of Mariology of Prisoners-of-War in Łambinowice.

By this symbolic gesture, we marked that important event.  Let us remind that the so called preliminary surrender protocol was singed on 7th of May , 1945, in Reims, France but the final capitulation took place next day in Berlin. The document was signed by representatives of three Alllied powers and France: Marshal of the USSR, Georgy Zhukov (the Soviet Union), general Carl Andrew Spaatz (USA),  Air Marshal, Arthut Tedder (Great Britain), general Jean de Lattre de Tassigny (France). On German part, the surrender act was signed by Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel (chief of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht and representative of the Oberkommando des Heeres), Admial Hans-Georg von Friedeburg (chief of the Oberkommando der Marine) and general-colonel Hans-Jürgen Stumpff (representing the Oberkommando der Luftwaffe).

Since 1945, in Poland (like in other countries of the Ester Block),  the anniversary was commemorated on May 9 under the name National Victory and Freedom Holiday. However, by the 2015 Bill, National Victory Day falls on May 8.

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CMJW jest instytucją kultury Samorządu Województwa Opolskiego,
współprowadzoną przez Ministra Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego