It is an important day today... 63 years ago Nazi Germany was defeated, and with this defeat the current state of word affairs was born. I am not going to write about politics on Math Pages, but I will note two facts about this date.
First of all, the victory over Nazi Germany is celebrated on the 9/5 in Russia and some other countries. In the west 8/5 is the official date of the war end. This is simply because different time zones. The end of war was announced at 8/5 11:30 PM at Germany - for Moscow that was 9/5 2:30 AM.
Secondly, this day is not celebrated or mentioned in Israel. It is a sad fact, but because of political issues with Russia this date is totally forgotten. People who were born in Israel don't know a thing about this date and don't celebrate it in anyway.
The following videos are here to remind us about what happened 63 years ago.
Soviet Victory Parade of 1945 [Part I]
Soviet Victory Parade of 1945 [Part II]
Russian Military Parade May 2007
Update: LatterDays wrote an excellent post about the reasons behind WW2 and how this part of world history relates to our present. You can read this post here.