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May 7: ON THIS DAY in 1945, War is ended, Nazis assert

May 7, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History

ON THIS DAY IN 1919, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Commencement exercises for the graduation class of 1919 from the School of Nursing attached to St. Mary’s Hospital were held last night in Shevlin Hall, adjoining the institution, Rochester and St. Mark’s aves. Fully 500 relatives and friends of the graduates attended … Dr. Martin L. Bodkin, president of the medical board of the hospital, acted as chairman of the evening and introduced the speakers … Dr. Bodkin, in his opening remarks, said: ‘During the period of the war the medical staff of St. Mary’s Hospital was many times confronted with problems which seemed unsurmountable, the most serious being grave apprehension as to their ability to carry out successfully the burdens of the hospital. This fear permeated the atmosphere and produced often unwarranted anxiety, due in reality to the general unrest of the world. As all wars have the same general effect upon the people concerned, we are not different from others. Tonight we are most thankful to say we have fulfilled by united efforts the demands of the hospital and celebrate this occasion by presenting to these young ladies the same guarantee of efficiency which has always been the standard of our institution.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1944, the Eagle reported, “Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of the President, paid her first visit yesterday to the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, the ‘Annapolis of the Merchant Marine.’ Presented to the 2,400 midshipmen, lined up at stern attention, she wished them ‘all the luck in the world’ and hoped that ‘you will soon be sailing again on peaceful seas.’ The First Lady had luncheon with the midshipmen, inspected the grounds and then went to Garden City, where she took part in the dedication of two residence halls for nurses on the campus of Adelphi College … Three hundred and three cadet nurses attending Adelphi Collegiate School of Nursing attended the ceremonies and heard Mrs. Roosevelt say: ‘For some years after this war, you will have an opportunity to help the men who come back and need care, and with many of those it is going to be a challenge more than just of physical care. It is going to be a challenge of character and ability to wage this new fight as well as the fight which they fought in the war. It is going to be a challenge to your understanding and to your ability to help them back to a desire to live and to live usefully.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1945, the Eagle reported, “LONDON (UP) — A German broadcast said today that all remaining German forces in Europe have surrendered, and there were indications here that an Allied proclamation on the end of the war will be made today. There was no confirmation from Allied sources that the Germans have surrendered, but every sign in London was that the end of the war is near. Some sources here said the Allied proclamation may be issued by 6 p.m. double British summer time (noon Brooklyn time). A speaker identified as German Foreign Minister County Ludwig Schwerin von Krosigk announced over the Flensburg radio at 2:09 p.m. (8:09 Brooklyn time) that the high command of the German armed forces have surrendered unconditionally all ‘fighting German troops’ today. The order for surrender was given by Fuehrer Grand Adm. Karl Doenitz, the broadcast said. It came on the 2,074th day of the European war.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1945, the Eagle reported, “The Rev. Dr. John Howland Lathrop, preaching at the 19th annual memorial service in honor of Florence Nightingale in the Church of the Holy Trinity, said last night that ‘under conditions similar to our present conditions, namely war, modern nursing came into being due to the stalwart character of this remarkable woman who defied the conventions of the day. Today this service has been exalted by its great need to such an extent that it is the most honorable of the professions. It stands as a sample of mercy in a world of brutality.’ … More than 500 student nurses and graduate nurses from 25 Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island hospitals and four nursing organizations attended.”


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