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Historic handshake that marked ending of WWII in Europe re-enacted

Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 01:07

A historic handshake at the Elbe River between Soviet and U.S. troops, which came to symbolize the near end of World War II in Europe, is re-enacted in the German town of Torgau 70 years on. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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A universal symbol of peace. These doves hang in the German town of Torgau, where 70 years ago Saturday, American and Soviet army units joined together at the Elbe River -- a few days before the final defeat of Nazi Germany. Re-enactors took to the famous river to commemorate "Elbe Day." And with that, the historic handshake that came to symbolize the near end of World War II in Europe took place -- again -- for all to see. Among them, the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, John B. Emerson... who said that handshake paved the way toward an era of freedom. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. AMBASSADOR TO GERMANY, JOHN B. EMERSON, SAYING: "...Where every child has the opportunity to reach their highest potential. We have free speech, the ability to criticize our own governments and that would not exist but for the end of World War Two." Events like THIS are leading up to Victory Day on May 9... to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the submission of Nazi Germany.

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Historic handshake that marked ending of WWII in Europe re-enacted

Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 01:07