It was first inaugurated in the fifteen republics of the Soviet Union, following the signing of the surrender document late in the evening on 8 May 1945 (after midnight, thus on 9 May, by Moscow Time). The Soviet government announced the victory early on 9 May after the signing ceremony in Berlin.
This day is still celebrated to commemorate the 28 000 000 (according to various estimates) children, parents, spouses and friends killed in Soviet Union during II World War for independence from Nazi Germany.
To celebrate todays "Victory Day" here´s "Im Treptower Park", a compilation released in 1975 on the NOVA label in memory of the 30th anniversary of the capitulation and the end of the fascist regime in Germany.
The album collects the Ernst Busch recordings of "Der heilige Krieg" (original lyrics by Wassili Lebedew-Kumatsch) and "Wart auf mich" (original lyrics by Konstantin Simonow), an excerpt of Hanns Eislers "Winterschlacht-Suite", "Die Glocken von Buchenwald" and "Meinst du, die Russen wollen Krieg" with Helga de Wroblewsky and "Im Treptower Park" and "Vor dem Mausoleum" by the wonderful Reinhold Andert - a former member of the "Oktoberklub", which is represented by the song "Tatschanka" on this compilation.
|A1||–Ernst Busch||Der Heilige Krieg|
|A2||–Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin||Schluß-Melodram "Das War Die Division"|
|A4||–Ernst Busch||Wart Auf Mich|
|A5||–Helga De Wroblewski||Die Glocken Von Buchenwald|
|A6||–Instrumentalgruppe Rainer Böhm||Das Lied Vom Lindenbaum|
|A7||–Reinhold Andert||Im Treptower Park|
|B1||–Gerhard Neef||Das Lied|
|B2||–Reinhold Andert||Vor Dem Mausoleum|
|B3||–Instrumentalgruppe Rainer Böhm||Im Mausoleum|
|B4||–Helga De Wroblewski||Meinst Du, Die Russen Wollen Krieg|
|B5||–Chor Der Staatsoper Dresden||Dank An Die Sowjetarmee|
VA - Im Treptower Park (NOVA, 1975)
(256 kbps, cover art included)