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FACING THE POST-WAR WORLD: EVERETT M. DIRKSEN ABROAD, 1945


Everett Dirksen to “Honey Kids,” May 8, 1945
[Everett M. Dirksen Papers, Personal, f. 34]

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Everett Dirksen was nearing the end of his trip as he left Italy mid-day on May 7. At 3:30 p.m., the pilot of Dirksen’s flight from Rome to Paris brought the message that in two or three hours the war in Europe would be over. Dirksen’s log entry at 4:00 read “flash—Germans have unconditionally surrendered, (Thank God).” On Tuesday, May 8, Dirksen wrote a letter to his wife and daughter.


 

 

 

 





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