The day World War II ended in Europe – level 1
Hitler dies on April 30, 1945. After he dies, Karl Dönitz is the new leader.
On May 2, Dönitz sends a radio message to all Germans. He tells them that the leader is dead. The Germans are shocked. They can’t believe that Hitler left them.
At that time, the Red Army is already in Berlin. Some Germans still want to fight. Dönitz knows that the war is finished. He knows that Germany has to surrender.
The capitulation of Germany happens on May 8, 1945. The worst war in history ends.
Difficult words: left (the past form of “leave”), surrender (to stop the fight because you can’t win), capitulation (a moment when you leave the fight because you can’t win), worst (when nothing else is so bad).
What was the reaction of the German people when they heard of Hitler's death?
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