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Rotterdam's WWII letter of surrender found 70 years on

More than 70 years after the Nazi bombing blitz of Rotterdam turned the port into “a sea of fire” and forced the Netherlands to surrender, a historian has found the city’s long-lost letter of capitulation. “I was looking at archive photos on a German auction site and there was a photo of a document signed by Colonel Scharroo who was in charge of defending the city in May 1940,” Gerard Groeneveld told AFP. The handwritten document had last been seen by the then mayor of Rotterdam at the moment the city surrendered to Nazi Germany, after its historic centre was razed in a terrifying aerial bombardment on May 14, 1940.

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