Historicist: VE Day

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Historicist: VE Day

How Torontonians marked the end of Europe's Second World War.

The morning headline of the Globe and Mail on Monday, May 7, 1945, reflected the sense of anticipation sweeping across Toronto: “WAR END MATTER OF HOURS.” Within an hour of the German surrender at 8:41 p.m. Eastern Time the night before, the first baby born at St. Michael’s Hospital was named after the feeling in the air: Victor.

When the official end of hostilities in Europe was announced at 9:36 a.m. on May 7, Torontonians spilled out into the city’s streets. After six years of fighting, it was time to party and reflect on those who wouldn’t be joining the celebrations.

Enter the gallery for images and stories of how VE Day unfolded in our city.

Additional material from The Day the War Ended by Martin Gilbert (London: HarperCollins, 1995); Days of Victory by Ted Barris (Toronto: Thomas Allen Publishers, 2005); the May 7, 1945, May 8, 1945, and May 9, 1945 editions of the Globe and Mail; the May 7, 1945 and May 9, 1945 editions of the Toronto Star; and the May 7, 1945 and May 9, 1945 editions of the Telegram.

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