Here – on May 1, 1945 – is an excerpt from the journal of Dr. Philip Westdahl …
During this period, the usual rumors of the war’s end and the capture or death of Hitler were rife. The United Nations Conference was proceeding in San Francisco and Himler was supposed to have offered unconditional surrender to the U.S. and Britain, but not Russia. President Truman denied this.
Hitler was said to be dying as a result of a cerebral hemorrhage. One bit of news of worldwide interest was the announcement of the capture and hanging of Mussolini by Italian patriots. The first of the dictators had met his fate.
In the meantime, the war goes on – though German organized resistance was only sporadic.