Felix A. Cizewski’s copy of the 45th Division News Extra edition, May 13, 1945, announcing the end of the war in Europe.
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Image in the public domain. The original has been donated to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.
70 years ago at the end of April, 1945, the Nazis had been defeated in the 45th Infantry Division’s area of operations. The 45th then halted in and around Munich and Dachau.
A few days later on May 8 the war in Europe ended with the surrender of the Nazis.
As positive as this was, Felix did not yet know his fate.
At that time he had no indication that he was going home.
He could remain in Germany on occupation duty or be transferred to the Pacific for the war with Japan.
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This is a revision of a post from Cizewski, Lovetere, Musbach, & Robinson Families blog on May 9, 2010 for the 65th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe.