Sunday, February 22, 2009

Susan Hibbert RIP

A lot of the time obituaries celebrate the lives of people who are well-known for their contributions to society and/or their personalities. Sometimes, however, we get the chance to look at someone who was quite ordinary, but was witness to something extraordinary. Susan Hibbert, who died earlier this month, is thought to be the last British witness to the signing of the German surrender in May 1945. She was also responsible for typing up the document, and sending the signal to the War Office in London.

"Susan Heald(her maiden name) and others left inside celebrated quietly. "We had some champagne but we didn't have any glasses so we had to drink it out of army mess tins. We passed the tins around and had a few sips.""

A more complete description of the event is here.

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