From 1943 to 1945, towns and countries were liberated slowly but surely.
Reconquest and Liberation
The act of Liberation which marks the true end of conflict all over Europe - more than the actual day of German capitulation - varies in each country or each region of the same country. The fight could last from a few days to several weeks.
Between Kiev (6 November 1943) and La Rochelle or Lorient (9 May 1945), the liberation period spread over nearly a year and half. Rome was only liberated on 4 June 1944, Brussels on 7 September, Athens on 12 October. Auschwitz-Birkenau and Warsaw were only liberated in January 1945, Vienna in mid-April.
After so many upheavals, the Liberation of a whole country and the progressive return to a peaceful society, could in no case be considered simple. Occasionally, savage and vengeful purges accompanied intense moments of re-found peace.