What is important for you to remember

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Don't forget what happened
The people who suffered the war processed the experiences differently. Some told what they had experienced, others were silent. Some contemporary witnesses still go to schools today and report on what they have experienced, others have written books. For most of them it is important not to forget what happened. The people, she warned, should do everything to ensure that such wars do not repeat themselves. The states that were involved in World War II also remember the war and its end. There are anniversaries on which commemorations take place where representatives of the state and other personalities give speeches. Often a wreath is also laid at a memorial. There are memorials and memorials that commemorate the war and its victims. Military cemeteries also preserve the memory of soldiers who died in the war.
Remembrance in Germany

The war and the end of the war are remembered differently in Germany. Not regularly, but again and again, a memorial service was held in the Bundestag on May 8th. The speech given by Federal President Richard von Weizsäcker on May 8, 1985 attracted particular attention. He said at the time that for Germany the end of the war was above all a liberation and not a defeat.
In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, May 8th has been a state day of remembrance since 2002 and is non-working. This is only available in this state. May 8th is celebrated as “the day of liberation from National Socialism and the end of World War II”. May 8 was also a public holiday in the GDR.

Commemoration of the victims

Most of the memorial days are not about the end of the war, but rather the victims of the Second World War. January 27 is “Day of Remembrance for the Victims of National Socialism”. On January 27, 1945, the surviving people in the Auschwitz extermination camp were liberated. There are also honorable and commemorative days of remembrance at other memorials.
On July 20, there is a regular commemoration ceremony for the victims of the German resistance against Hitler. On July 20, 1944, the officer Claus von Stauffenberg tried to kill Hitler with an assassination attempt. The attempt was unsuccessful and the assassins were killed.

Memorial Day

Every year, on the penultimate Sunday before the first Advent, the day of national mourning takes place. The war dead and victims of all nations are remembered in an official memorial ceremony in the Bundestag. On this day there is also a guard of honor at the Neue Wache in Berlin, the central memorial of the Federal Republic of Germany for the victims of war and tyranny.

Remembrance in other countries


In Russia and other successor states of the Soviet Union, May 9th is a public holiday as "Victory Day". The end of the war is remembered, there are parades and the heads of state lay wreaths on monuments.
May 8 is a public holiday in France, as well as in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In the Netherlands, the victims are commemorated on May 4th every year and commemorated the liberation from National Socialist rule in 1945. In the UK, May 8th is not celebrated every year, only when there are special anniversaries.

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