Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Broadcast to the American People Announcing the
Surrender of Germany
May 8, 1945
[Delivered from the Radio Room at the White House at 9 a. m.]

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1. What was the purpose of the speech?


2. List three important things President Truman said in his address.


3. List three things the President said the American people need to do.


4. What was the significance of May 13, 1945? What national symbol did President Truman
use to mark the significance of this date?


5. What does this speech reveal about the impact of World War II on the lives of people?


6. What question would you have asked of the President after listening to his address?


7. When President Truman delivered a radio address, there was an audience that included
reporters, photographers, and special guests. What guests do you think were invited to
this broadcast?
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8. President Truman's announcement of the German surrender on May 8th had a personal
significance for the President. What do you think was so special about the 8th of May?
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