At 2:41 Central European Time (CET) on May 7, 1945, German Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, Alfred Jodl signing the capitulation papers in Reimsfirst, Reims, France. The signing took place in a red brick schoolhouse, the Collège Moderne et Technique de Reims, that served as the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF). Jodl signed the unconditional surrender of Germany as a representative for German president Karl Dönitz. At Nuremberg, Jodl was tried, sentenced to death and hanged as a war criminal. Dönitz, on the other hand, was convicted of war crimes and sentenced to ten years' imprisonment; after his release, he lived quietly in a village near Hamburg until his death in 1980.
The unconditional surrender took effect at 23:01 CET on May 8, 1945.