For those pro-Allied people who celebrate the win of the war as a 'better Europe', some bits of sad reality:

At the end of the first world war it had been possible to think about going back to business as usual. However, 1945 was so different that it has been called Year Zero. Up to 60 million were dead. In Germany 70% of housing had been wiped out and, in the Soviet Union 1,700 towns and 70,000 villages. New words like genocide, superpower and DP (Displaced Person) emerged. Millions of acres in north China were flooded after the Japanese destroyed the dykes. Britain had bankrupted itself fighting the war and France had been ransacked empty by the Nazis. Many Europeans were living with less than 1,000 calories per day, in the Netherlands many were eating tulip bulbs.
Continued: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009...war-rebuilding