At least in Europe...
The best days of Angela Merkel's most famous predecessor were over 64 years ago. Prague was the city where the Germans managed to continue one day after the official surrender, until May 9th.
The 1976 Czechoslovak movie, directed by Mr Otakar Vávra, shows the May 1945 uprising of the Czech nation - that followed 6 years when our nation was loyal to the Reich - and the happy liberation of Prague by the Red Army on May 9th, 1945.
It wasn't that difficult to shoot the movie in 1976 because Prague hasn't made much progress between 1945 and 1976. ;-) Meanwhile, the anniversary was a good opportunity for Russia to show its military strength in a parade.