Broschur, 60 pages
14,8 x 21 cm, 60 illustrations
On 25 April 1945 American and Soviet soldiers met at the Elbe near Torgau. The soldiers shook hands on the ruins of the Elbe bridge in Torgau. The photo of the “handshake of Torgau” went around the world and to this day has symbolised the end of the Second World War and the liberation from the National Socialist tyranny.
Seventy-five years after the end of the war and 30 years after German reunification, this brochure seeks to present in a series of brief articles the significance of Elbe Day, its legacy for following generations and the living culture of remembrance. The texts look at history, the present and the future: What are we remembering today? What does Elbe Day mean to young people? What values do we seek to inculcate and to live by together? Elbe Day refers not only to the historic meeting of 1945 but also to the annual memorial day and the variety of cultural events associated with it.
Elbe Day will continue to bring together international guests in this town on the Elbe in the future, guests who come to commemorate the end of the war and to keep alive the understanding between nations, countries and generations – in Torgau, the meeting place.