America The Beautiful
May 08, 1945 — Two million people gathered in Times Square to celebrate the end of World War II.
When troops liberated the concentration camps they were unprepared for what they encountered. Here a U.S. soldier holds a victim of Nazi terror sobbing in relief of his liberation.
In 1944, LIFE’s Alfred Eisenstaedt captured a private moment repeated in public millions of times over the course of the war: a guy, a girl, a goodbye — and no assurance that he’ll make it back.
Grand Central 1941 in color
Never apologize for being an American.