VE Day, May 8, in Prague: mixed emotions
|Liberation Day (1945) - Public Holiday|
Date: 08 May 2015
Public holiday. Though the Soviet tanks rolled in to liberate the Czech Republic a day later than elsewhere, on 9 May 1945, VE Day is celebrated annually on the 8 May in line with the other former Communist countries "liberated" by the Russians.
(as reported by Radio Prague)
There was some controversy about VE Day in Prague. Many Czechs wanted to be liberated by American troops, who were nearby in Plzen, but who were restrained by the decision (made by Allies Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill) to give that honor to Russian troops.
|Liberation of Paris|
Here is what Radio Prague says about these events: