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The importance of May 9

May 9 was one of the most important days of humanity when Nazism and collaborationist fascists in Europe were thrown into the dustbin of history…

World War II was the most significant war to date. The battle began with the German invasion of Poland in September 1939 and ended in 1945. Tens of millions died in the war, and millions were forced to leave their homes.

The Soviet Union was part of the alliance that defeated Nazi Germany in this war and was the country most affected by the war. Because most of the battles took place in Russia. About 27 million people lost their lives.

Europe celebrated the collapse of Nazi Germany, which came at the end of the Second World War, as “V-Day”, i.e. “Victory Day” (Victory in Europe Day, the public holiday celebrated in May 1945 to mark the end of the Second World War in Europe) on May 9 (Germany May 8).

This situation lasted until French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman issued a declaration on May 9, 1950, which Schuman summed up, saying, “World peace can only be preserved by creative efforts commensurate with the dangers that threaten it.”… But America was leading the idea and providing financial support. And the first signatures were made. In 1951, just a year after Schuman’s speech, the first European institution, the “European Coal and Steel Community” (ECSC), was established. With these developments, May 9 began to be celebrated as “Europe Day”.

Europe Day is actually May 5 because the Council of Europe was established on May 5, 1949. While the Council of Europe aims to promote principles such as human rights, the rule of law, and parliamentary democracy, the Schuman Declaration only aims at economic cooperation in the coal and steel sectors. However, the EU declared Europe Day on May 9, when the Plan was announced.

Europe, which has shaped itself over the following decades, has chosen among its main objectives the defence of multilateralism and international peace and stability, global public goods, the closely interconnected environment, biodiversity and human health.

Undoubtedly, if the Nazi war machine had not been broken in Moscow, Stalingrad and Leningrad, history would have been written differently.

Happy May 9. I hope peace and the European Union’s “values ​​written on paper will prevail worldwide.

An American political cartoon titled “And if Russia is crushed expresses fear of Russian defeat by Nazi forces in World War II.

An American political cartoon titled “And if Russia is crushed” expresses fear of Russian defeat by Nazi forces in World War II.

This charcoal-drawn political cartoon by artist Daniel Robert Fitzpatrick of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch acknowledges the importance of Russia as the last hope for halting Nazi domination of continental Europe. The cartoon was drawn in 1942 when German Nazi troops held critical Russian cities, including St. Petersburg/Leningrad, under siege but had not yet managed to defeat the Soviets.

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