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Happy VE Day. Today, in fact, marks the 75th anniversary when the Nazis surrendered to the Allied Powers.
Tweets About VE Day
‘I remember lines of unknown people linking arms and walking down Whitehall, all of us just swept along on a tide of happiness and relief.’
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 8, 2020
75 years ago today, the last remnants of the Nazi regime surrendered to the Allied Powers, marking the end of WWII in Europe.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 8, 2020
“The day we have been longing for has arrived at last.”
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) May 8, 2020
World War Two Movies
Darkest Hour (2017)
Gary Oldman gave the performance of a lifetime as Winston Churchill in this World War Two movie that focuses on not only his difficulties in gaining the support of Parliament to his decision to stand up against Hitler (versus surrender) as well as the incredible rescue of the soldiers at Dunkirk and Calais.
Quote: (referring to Hitler) “You cannot reason with a tiger when your head is in its mouth.”
Enemy at the Gates (2001)
Jude Law plays real-life Soviet sniper, Vasily Zaytsev, who was a hero of the Soviet Union during World War Two. Ed Harris plays German sniper school director, Major Erwin König, who was allegedly killed by Vasily during the Battle of Stalingrad. This movie is a cat and mouse story set against the backdrop of World War Two.
Rating: R for language, violence, and sexuality
Quote: “In this world, even a Soviet one, there will always be rich and poor. Rich in gifts, poor in gifts. Rich in love, poor in love.”
The Longest Day (1962)
And how can you go wrong with such an A-list international ensemble cast featuring the likes of Sean Connery, Henry Fonda, Gert Fröbe, Peter Lawford, Kenneth More, John Wayne and more!?
Quote: “Only two kinds of people are gonna stay on this beach: Those that are already dead and those that are gonna die. Get off your butts! You guys are the Fighting 29th!”
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
Greer Garson – my all-time favorite actress – earned an Oscar Award for her performance in this war-time drama as an English housewife who holds her family together during World War II.
Rating: Not Rated
Quote: “This is not only a war of soldiers in uniform. It is a war of the people, of all the people, and it must be fought not only on the battlefield, but in the cities and in the villages, in the factories and on the farms, in the home, and in the heart of every man, woman, and child who loves freedom!”
The Relief of Belsen (2007)
Starring Iain Glen and Jemma Redgrave, this t.v. movie tells the true story of the British relief of Bergen-Belsen and their struggles against typhus and starvation, not to mention humanity.
Quote: “We had been liberated from death, and the fear of death, but not from the fear of life.”
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