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This Day in History: 1945-05-01

About 1,000 citizens of Demmin in Germany commit suicide provoked by occupation by Soviet Red Army.  A day after Adolf Hitler committed suicide, Admiral Karl Doenitz forms German government and effectively becomes the sole leader of the third Reich after the suicide of Hitler’s propaganda minister, Josef Goebbles.  Australian & Dutch troops land on Tarakan Island, Dutch East Indies.  General Belgian Labor Union (ABVV) party forms.  Radio Budapest Hungary re-enters shortwave broadcasting after war.  Austrian Nazi politician Arthur Seyss-Inquart flees to Flensburg, Germany.  Soviet army reaches Rostock, Germany.

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