Hitler died 73 years ago today - here's how newspapers around the world reacted
- Adolf Hitler died by suicide on April 30, 1945.
- Newspapers around the world reacted to reports of Hitler's death with bold, full-page headlines, and in some cases, cheery delight.
- "Germans put out the news everyone hopes is true," one newspaper wrote.
Exactly 73 years ago, on April 30, 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in a bunker in Berlin, bringing to an end the life of one of history's most notorious figures.
News of Hitler's demise was slow to reach the United States, and the reports that did reach across the Atlantic were initially met with skepticism. Most American newspapers didn't run the news until May 2 - a full two days later - and even then, President Harry Truman was cautious in confirming the reports at a press conference.
Still, Hitler's death signaled the final nail in the coffin for the Axis Powers in World War II. Less than a week after the news broke, German forces unconditionally surrendered in Europe, and by September the war had officially ended.
Newspapers around the world announced Hitler's death with bold, full-page headlines and in some cases, cheery delight. "Germans put out the news everyone hopes is true," the United Kingdom's Daily Express wrote. "Will rant no more," said Boston's Daily Record.
Read on to see how newspapers covered the news in 1945.
Here's what The New York Times looked like on May 2, 1945
One of the biggest headlines of all came from Stars and Stripes, a publication of the US military
The New York Daily News devoted the entire front page to the striking headline 'HITLER DEAD'
The Daily Record, a now-defunct newspaper from Boston, reacted in similar fashion
The Cincinnati Times-Star had the news a day before most other news outlets
Here's the Salt Lake Tribune out of Utah
The UK's Daily Express was near giddy to break the news: 'Germans put out the news everyone hopes is true'
One of Time magazine's most iconic covers of all time was used to mark Hitler's death
The news reached, Melbourne, Australia, around the same time it reached the US
French newspaper L'Aube led with 'La mort de Hitler' — 'The death of Hitler'
Here's the front page of another French newspaper, Le Bien Public
The news also reached South America at the same time, as evidenced by the front page of Ecuador's El Universo
Here's what SHAEF — a newspaper for displaced Allied military members in Europe — had to say
A special edition of the German newspaper Hamburger Zeitung was less celebratory: "The Fuhrer has fallen," its headline read
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