The German surrender on May 8, 1945 is a key date in the public memory of the GDR. The historical turning point was commemorated every year in the GDR as the day of liberation from fascism. Art was called upon to contribute, which it did with an increasingly differentiated perspective:
Norbert Wagenbrett’s painting produced in 1990 regards the “Peace Negotion” (“Friedensverhandlung”) at the Yalta conference as the germ of a new global confrontation. The meeting in February 1945 between the three great heads of state in the “anti-Hitler coalition” – Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin – was meant to lay the foundations of a peaceful world order. In fact it led to the division of the world into spheres of power and a threatening and long-lasting new conflict scenario.