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It's Over

We asked readers to tell us where they were and how they reacted to the news that World War II had ended. And what a response we got!

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I was five years old and I remember my Mother coming in to the front room where I was playing. She picked me up and tossed me into the air repeatedly, excitedly shouting, "The war is over! The war is over!"

Constance Bailey Zweifel
North Scituate, Massachusetts





In spite of the long, strange, bloody years of war, the announced end hit us startlingly fast.

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