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Konec roku 1945

NEW YORK – Když 8. května 1945 oficiálně skončila v Evropě druhá světová válka, ležela velká část světa v troskách. Pokud je však lidská schopnost destrukce téměř bezbřehá, pak schopnost začínat znovu je neméně pozoruhodná. Snad proto se lidstvu dosud daří přežít.

Miliony lidí byly na konci války bezpochyby tak hladové a vyčerpané, že se nezmohly na nic kromě vlastního přežívání. Současně však nad troskami zavládla vlna idealismu, společné odhodlání vybudovat rovnější, pokojnější a bezpečnější svět.

Proto byl velký hrdina této války Winston Churchill vystrnaděn po volbách z úřadu už v létě roku 1945, ještě před kapitulací Japonska. Muži a ženy neriskovali životy proto, aby se vrátily staré časy privilegovaných tříd a sociální deprivace. Chtěli lepší bydlení, vzdělání a bezplatnou zdravotní péči pro všechny.

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