Today, May 8, we commemorate VE-Day (Victory in Europe). This marks the 70th Anniversary of the official, unconditional surrender of Nazi, Germany to the Allied Forces. First and foremost we give thanks to all our selfless veterans. However, I’d like to also refer you to an article in today’s Detroit Free Press highlighting the contributions of Michigan citizens, specifically the businesses of Detroit. This is all the more relevant in light of our recent discussions and past blog post, surrounding the city’s long downward spiral.
One quote I found particularly derisive was by Reichsmarshall Herman Goering, at the start of the war, making light of US industrial power, “Americans only know how to make refrigerators and razor blades.” However, Goering would eat his words, because by war’s end Americans would produce 25,000 tanks at the Chrysler’s tank plant in Warren and 8,600 B-24 Liberators rolled off the assembly line at Willow Run.
I think it worthwhile to pause and reflect at what a once great city and people contributed to the defeat fascist Germany.