Berlin is remembered on Sunday and Monday, the end of World War II 77 years ago. Liberation Day is celebrated on Sunday 8 May. The declaration of Germany’s surrender came into effect in the late evening of May 8, 1945. Since May 9 had already dawned in Moscow, Victory Day in the Soviet Union was celebrated on this date. Russian-speaking Berliners also celebrate on May 9.
Now the war is changing the memorial calendar: in Eastern Europe and Ukraine, May 8 is gaining importance, in Russia, May 9 is increasingly used for propaganda purposes. Events and parades are planned in Berlin on both days.
We provide an overview – it is constantly updated.
Liberation Day: events and demonstrations on May 8
8 a.m.: Alt-Friedrichsfelde: Gathered under the slogan “Liberation Day – No War Again”
May 8 and 9 all day, Soviet War Memorial, June 17 Street: A review of the culture of memory. Germany / Russia – Against Russian war crimes in Ukraine”
11:30 a.m. at the same location: “The Gathering on Liberation Day from Fascism”
From 12 noon to 2:30 pm at the same location: “International Honor for the Liberators of Fascism and War”
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Soviet War Memorial, Germanenstraße, Schönholzer Heide: Commemoration of the end of the war on May 8, 1945 with special emphasis on the role of Ukrainians in the liberation
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Soviet Triptower Memorial Park: 77. Anniversary of Liberation from German Fascism
1 p.m. at the same location: The Berlin Association of Victims of the Nazi Regime (VVN-BdA) gathers at the Motherland statue. The organizers say: “This place on this day should not be left to nationalists and ‘Putin supporters’.”
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Soviet Memorial, Wiltbergstraße, Buch: “Never war again! Never fascism again! Liberation Day is a day of remembrance and excuse!”
From 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Rathauspark, Vittenau: Wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the end of World War II
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Soviet Memorial, Hauptstrasse, Staken: Commemorating the end of the war and warning of a new war
From 11 am to 8 pm German-Russian Museum, Zwieseler Straße, Karlshorst: “Mothers for Peace”
12 noon to 6 pm, Markthalle Neun, Kreuzberg: “The Lighthouse of Ukraine”, a cultural and informational event for refugees and helpers on Liberation Day and Mother’s Day. Mayor and Governor Franziska Jaffee will salute, and Secretary of State for Integration and Social Affairs Winky Kristof will also attend the event. Registration is required via this link.
12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Former concentration camp satellite camp, Wismarer Straße, Steglitz: May 8, 1945 Ex-Prisoners Honored.
From 1 pm to 2 pm Soviet Memorial, Küstriner Straße, Lichtenberg: Liberation Day 2022
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Soviet Memorial, Wiltbergstrasse, book: “Eighth. May – Liberation Day; never war again, never tyranny again”
1:45 pm to 5 pm Brandenburg Gate: “No to war in Ukraine!” Presentation from Platz des 18. März via Ebertstrasse, Potsdamer Platz, Stresemannstrasse, Wilhelmstrasse, Kochstrasse, Friedrichstrasse, Schützenstrasse, Leipziger Strasse, Niederwallstrasse, Hausvogteiplatz, Taubenstrasse, Charlottenstrasse, Unter Linden, Paris.
7 p.m., Zionskirche, Prenzlauer Berg: “Golosinnya”, a performance evening on Liberation Day and commemoration of the current war in Ukraine.
Victory Day: events and demos on May 9
May 9 all day, Soviet War Memorial, June 17 Street: A review of the culture of memory. Germany / Russia – Against Russian war crimes in Ukraine”
From 8 am to 4 pm, Soviet War Memorial, Triptower Park: Rally “against the invasion of Ukraine”
From 9 am to 10 pm, Soviet War Memorial, Triptower Park: “Mир – Peace in the world! For an immediate end to the war in Ukraine!”
From 10 am to 8 pm, Soviet War Memorial, Triptower Park: “Honor the fallen Soviet soldiers! Against fascism and war! Hands off the Soviet War Memorial!”
From 11 am to 1 pm. Brandenburg Gate: “Memorial Elevator for the Red Army under the name ‘Immortal Regiment’ in memory of fallen Soviet soldiers during World War II.” Demonstration from Platz des 18. März via Straße des 17. Juni to the Soviet War Memorial in Tiergarten.
3 p.m. in front of the Soviet Treptower Memorial Park, Puschkinallee: “Thank you to the Soviet soldiers for liberating them from fascism”
7 p.m. at the same location: 77 years – Liberation Day from German Fascism