‘Spirit of the Elbe’: Recalling the day Soviet and US troops met in Germany

Members of a historical re-enactment group dressed as U.S. and Soviet Army soldiers take part in 'Elbe Day' celebrations, in eastern German city of Torgau at the river Elbe, April 25, 2015. © Stefanie Loos
April 25, 1945 was just days before the final downfall of the Nazis and the end of the World War II in Europe. It’s commemorated each year internationally as Elbe Day, the day when Soviet and US troops met on the River Elbe in Torgau, Germany, as they closed in from East and West on Hitler’s regime.