The culture of remembrance in Germany is viewed by many as exemplary. But it has some grave shortcomings.
Just as it did 75 years ago, the UK government has a chance to build back better from a crisis.
Popularised during the second world war, the song has found new resonance during the Coronavirus pandemic.
There's a widening split over rival interpretations of the end of the second world war and its aftermath.
Just like now, Britain's war effort depended on the sacrifice of migrants and minorities. But this was soon forgotten.
It was a great celebration, but not everyone was jubilant.
Britain's newspaper's reported some wild scenes as the nation celebrated, but none wilder than in the Daily Mirror's cartoon strip.
Recent historical research has revealed that after the Nazis surrendered at end the Second World War, thousands of German women were raped by Allied forces.
On Memorial Day, reflecting on the meaning of the 'liberation' of Europe 70 years on.
Commemoration and memory is being re-politicised, and this could have worrying consequences.
VE Day came after a week of frustrating rumour and failed to meet the expectations put upon it.