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This Day In History: 1945-05-05

Mauthausen Concentration camp in Austria liberated by U.S. forces from 41st Reconnaissance Squadron.  Uprising against occupying Nazi SS troops in Prague.  Premier Pieter Gerbrandy on Radio Orange tells Dutch they are liberated.  Admiral Karl Dönitz, leader of Germany after Hitler’s death, orders all U-boats to cease offensive operations and return to their bases.  In the only fatal attack of its kind in the U.S. occurred when a Japanese balloon bomb exploded on Gearhart Mountain in Oregon, killing the pregnant wife of a minister and five children.  Denmark and the Netherlands were liberated as a German surrender went into effect.

 

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