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Joy In Some Capitals, Apathy in Others

Reception Of Peace News N.Z.P.A.—Copyright.—Rec. 1 p.m. LONDON, August 15. News of the Japanese surrender was received joyously in some capitals and with marked apathy in others. Bells of churches famous throughout Christendom pealed out the victory news in Jerusalem and Bethlehem as Palestine began two-day celebrations. Floodlights played on historic buildings and cheering crowds filled the streets.

The Netherlands Government declared to-morrow a national holiday in celebration of the Japanese capitulation. It was announced that Sunday would be a day of prayer and thanksgiving. Sirens wailing the last all clear and pealing church bells at" dawn to-day gave the news of the surrender to Maltese. Valetta is celebrating with flags flying and bands parading the streets. Towns and villages throughout Turkey were decorated. All towns will be illuminated to-night and to-morrow night. A crowd in Berne demonstrated, chanting, "We want a peace holiday," after the Government, earlier, had decided that there would be no official celebrations.

No holidays will be declared in Russia for VJ day, and no demonstrations occurred.

French indifference to the surrender surprised British and Americans. General de Gaulle's only statement, addressed to Indo-China, did not mention the Allies and did not include a word on the peace.

Berliners heard the news of the Japanese surrender with complete apathy. They were scarcely interested enough to comment. The Germans had lost interest in the Far East war long ago, and are fully occupied with their own affairs. There were no flag waving, no public rejoicing and no holiday in Eire to celebrate the peace.

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Joy In Some Capitals, Apathy in Others, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945

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Joy In Some Capitals, Apathy in Others Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945

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