On Liberation Day, the memory of the dead of World War II is associated with mourning for the victims of the war in Ukraine. Thus, the day of celebration becomes a call for peace and international understanding.
In Saxony, a Sunday commemorated the liberation of Europe from National Socialist tyranny in many places. May 8, 1945 marks the end of World War II in Europe. When the guns fell silent, there were over 60 million casualties. The Nazi terror regime lasted twelve years. Therefore, May 8th is celebrated as Liberation Day. Almost all of the speakers at the events spoke about the war in Ukraine and called for peace and cohesion in Europe.
In Wurzen, the Democratic Culture Network organized a bike tour of Muldental in the morning. The aim was to memorialize the victims of the death marches. The appeal said that in the last days of the war, the SS and Gestapo attempted to cover up the crimes they had committed with new ones. Concentration camps, forced labor camps, and concentration camps of all kinds were cleared in Leipzig and the surrounding area and thousands of prisoners were hastily moved on long and often aimless marches through the Muldental. Not many will survive.
The city of Görlitz, together with Zgorzelec, organized a joint event on the Old Town Bridge on the Polish bank of Nice and also received a delegation from Greece. In addition to the victims of World War II, more than 100 Greek soldiers who died in World War I are buried in Görlitz Cemetery. The first of them was buried in Görlitz in 1916.
In Dresden, a wreath-laying ceremony was held in the morning at the Garrison Cemetery, where many Red Army soldiers found their final resting places. In the evening, an online discussion is scheduled in Dresden on how to deal with future Soviet memorials to the dead in light of the war between Russia and Ukraine. In Leipzig there was, among other things, a wreath-laying ceremony at the Ostfriedhof.
In Torgau, several flower pots and a wooden peace dove were destroyed by unidentified persons at the monument of the encounter on Sunday night. In addition, the flags that were attached to the Elbe Bridge in memory of the victims of the war were torn down and stolen. On April 25, 1945, American and Soviet soldiers shook hands on the bridge, symbolically bringing the end of World War II. (dpa)