Franklin Delano Roosevelt

V-E Day was cause for celebration — and worry

V-E Day was cause for celebration — and worry

The war against Nazi Germany felt like it was ending in slow motion. Through the spring of 1945, there were repeated rumors that V-E Day — for Victory in Europe — was at hand, yet the fighting continued. Then came a week of momentous headlines: on April 30, the death of Benito Mussolini; on May 2, the death of Adolf Hitler; on May 3, the Russians taking Berlin. "World War II European phase is not ending in a single, clear cut surrender like World War I, but is rushing toward its close in a series of smashing climaxes," the Tribune observed. When V-E Day finally came May 8 — 70 years ago — Chicagoans celebrated each in his or her way, though tempered by...