Hot Chocolate & Genealogy
Hot Chocolate & Genealogy

50 Years Later: World War II, Accomplishments and Costs

For millions of people around the world 1995 commemorates the 50th anniversary of World War II. After more than a decade of uncertainty through the Depression and war years, the Germans' surrender on May 7, 1945 was the beginning of peace. What had started as a local conflict in Eastern Europe spread into a global conflict of unmeasurable costs. Allied Forces accomplished world peace and fifty years later we struggle to maintain it.

The Cost for Peace

Casualties were the biggest cost for everyone in the war, soldiers and civilians. The Soviet Union lost 20 million people; Germany lost 3 million in battle and an additional 500,000 civilians; Allied Forces counted over 110,000 missing persons; Britain lost 60,000 civilians and 350,000 military personnel.

In all, World War II cost more than $230 billion in property damage with many records and personal items irreplaceable.

Information on victims of war

If you want to know about a war veteran or civilian in your family, try contacting one of the following agencies for assistance.


This article appeared in the November 1995 issue of Hot Chocolate.

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