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As the world waited for news that Germany had finally, unconditionally surrendered, news was filtering in of mass surrenders, and how pockets of resistance were only going on in two places. How it was only a matter of hours before the War in Europe would be over.

And then there was news of the othe
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As the world waited for news that Germany had finally, unconditionally surrendered, news was filtering in of mass surrenders, and how pockets of resistance were only going on in two places. How it was only a matter of hours before the War in Europe would be over.

And then there was news of the other crisis looming – the refugees. Already streaming out of Germany by the hundreds of thousands, refugees were clogging roads and highways throughout Europe. The displaced, the homeless, the survivors of Concentration Camps – they were all heading somewhere, and not exactly sure of where.

As the war was ending, these refugees found themselves facing an uncertain future. Allied military and civilian authorities faced considerable challenges resettling them. Since the reasons for displacement varied considerably, the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force classified individuals into a number of categories: evacuees, war or political refugees, political prisoners, forced or voluntary workers, Organization Todt workers, former forces under German command, deportees, intruded persons, extruded persons, civilian internees, ex-prisoners of war, and stateless persons.

But on this 6th of May in 1945 (a Sunday), last minute bulletins and the holding of breath, and the beginnings of looking back on the conflict during the early days was what the news was about. And of course, the waiting.

And that’s what this day sounded like, May 6th 1945 as reported by Paul Manning via shortwave from Paris.

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Well here, paul Manning reporting from paris. The latest news from the european war fronts and the human highlights behind the news. Mr Manning, brilliant young war correspondent and commentator is brought to you by the Sperry Corporation on behalf of Sperry Gyroscope company. Vickers Incorporated Forward instrument company and the Waterbury tool division of Vickers Incorporated every sunday morning at 11 paul Manning reports. The news of the fighting front to the men and women of Sperry and their fellow workers on the home front. And now here is paul Manning has just transcribed here in new york with the news and the human highlights behind the news. This is paul Manning speaking from paris today, the unconditional surrender of all german forces in Northwest Germany becomes effective. There will be no more hostilities in Holland, Denmark, the Frisian islands. Hello garland in North Germany, this is the surrender which was so dramatically announced friday by Field Marshal Montgomery. And this morning Germans are streaming back into the british lines by the tens of thousands. It is the same in other parts of Germany, where yesterday to full German army signed these terms demanded by General Devers, who was commander of the sixth American army group, there are now only two large areas of german resistance Norway, where an estimated 150 to 200,000 troops hold out and Czechoslovakia.
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