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May 7, 1945: Morris Simon, an ironworker who has son in Germany, reads surrender news.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

May 7, 1945: Lt. Gen. Sir William S Dobbie of the United Kingdom, left, and retired U.S. Maj. Gen. Ewing E. Booth, read of Germany's surrender. Earlier in the war, Dobbie had been England's governor on Malta.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

May 7, 1945: Lt. M. Roos reads of Germany's surrender from his bed at Birmingham General Hospital in Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

May 7, 1945: Superior Court Judge Ruben S. Schmidt buys a special edition of the Los Angeles Times announcing Germany's surrender in World War II.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

May 8, 1945: VE Day was marked by Lockheed employees with cheering. But Southland war plants keep working as the war with Japan was not over. This photo was published in the May 9, 1945, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

May 7, 1945: Ella Spencer and son Davis read of Germany's surrender. Unpublished image from VE Day.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

May 7, 1945: Junior warrant officers, from left, Roy Vineyard, James Sheppard and Jesse W. Basket read of Germany's surrender in World War II.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

May 7, 1945: Joe Steinberg, newsie at 6th and Hill streets, bellows Germany's surrender in World War II.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

May 7, 1945: Margaret Sevilla purchases a copy of the Los Angeles Time announcing Germany's surrender in World War II.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

May 7, 1945: Students at Fifteenth Street School in San Pedro make VE Day formation in the schoolyard. Behind them are teachers holding flags.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

May 7, 1945: Mrs. Jean Segel and daughter Hortense read of Germany's surrender in World War II. Photo on left is of Ronald and Donald Segel, sons who were prisoners of war. This photo was published in the May 8, 1945, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

May 7, 1945: Marine Sgt. P. Cox reads about Germany's surrender in World War II.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

May 7, 1945: Miss V. E. Day, Virginia E. Day, holds two flags in Victory sign. She is a clerk in a department store on Broadway. This photo was published in the May 8, 1945, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

May 7, 1945: Servicemen talk over the news from Europe at the Hollywood Guild Canteen. Germany's surrender brought the European part of World War II to an end. This photo was published in the May 8, 1945, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

May 8, 1945: Girl's choir sings inside St. Vibana Cathedral following announcement of Germany's surrender in World War II. This photo was published in the May 9, 1945, Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

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On May 7, 1945, news of Germany’s surrender in World War II reached Los Angeles.

A Page One story in the May 8, 1945, Los Angeles Times announced:

By the Associated Press

Germany surrendered unconditionally to the Allies Monday, completing the victory in the European phase of the Second World War–the most devastating in history.

President Truman and Prime Minister Churchill will proclaim the historic conquest at 6 a.m. (PWT) today and a simultaneous announcement is expected from Premier Marshal Stalin in Moscow.

Churchill will report directly to Commons and ask for adjournment to Westminster Abbey for a service of thanksgiving.

The whereabouts of such war criminals as Himmler, Goering, and even Hitler himself, although he had been reported dead, is unknown or if it was known it had not been officially announced.

Germany’s formal capitulation came at 2:41 a.m. (French time) in the big red Reims schoolhouse, headquarters of Gen. Eisenhower, supreme commander of the Allies of the west. That was 6:41 p.m. Sunday, PWT.

The crowning triumph came just five years, eight months, and six days after Hitler invaded weak but proud Poland and struck the spark which set the world afire.

When the Associated Press report was flashed, celebrations immediately broke out around the world. But celebrations around Los Angeles were fairly muted – the war with Japan was not over. Most of the above photo gallery images are of people reading the surrender news. Of course the newspaper in these images is the Los Angeles Times.

The mood was best explained in another May 8, 1945, Los Angeles story:

Los Angeles paused briefly yesterday to digest the news of victory in Europe, then turned its eyes westward toward Japan and re-clenched its fists. …

Speaking for the city and expressing the general feeling here, Mayor Fletcher Bowron declared:

“This is not a holiday. The city’s business should be carried on as usual. Remember, our war is not over until Japan is defeated.”

Coming up in the near future is a VJ Day photo gallery. Following the victory over Japan, Los Angeles celebrated big-time.

Page One of a special edition of the May 7, 1945, Los Angeles Times. Credit: ProQuest.

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