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    World War II Allied Bombing Campaign

    U.S. Air Force Academy history professor Colonel Mark Wells talks about the role of bombers and fighter planes in the Allied strategy during World War II. He also described the…

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    Teaching World War II in Schools

    David Kennedy and Rick Atkinson talked about how World War II shaped the world to come. Following their keynote addresses, panelists talked about the value and importance of teaching…

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    Book Discussion on Measure of a Man

    Martin Greenfield talks about his memoir Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz Survivor to Presidents' Tailor, in which he chronicles his experiences as a prisoner in Auschwitz during World War…

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    American Propaganda and World War II

    Jake Ersland spoke about the use of posters and other propaganda by the U.S. government during World War II. He spoke about the tactics used to recruit citizens to enlist in the…

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    It's Up to You

    Short archival film about why rationing was important during World War II. A call to arms film for American citizens to take part in rationing goods.

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    History of Strategic Air Command

    Brian York talked about the Martin Bomber Plant, which produced the two historic B-29 bombers, Enola Gay and Bockscar. The two B-29's carried the atomic bombs that were dropped on…

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    Book Discussion on Perimeters of Democracy

    Heather Fryer talked about her book, Perimeters of Democracy: Inverse Utopias and the Wartime Social Landscape in the American West, on the government’s use of internment during World…

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    Remembering Groves and Oppenheimer

    Robert Norris, Kari Bird, and Marty Sherwin talked about the impact General Leslie Groves and Robert Oppenheimer had on the Manhattan Project. They were joined by grandson Charles…

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    Women of the Manhattan Project

    Rosemary Lane and Isabelle Karle, veterans of the Manhattan Project, spoke about their different experiences with the project and the various opportunities it provided for them and other…

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    Book Discussion on Lost Destiny

    Alan Axelrod talked about his book Lost Destiny: Joe Kennedy Jr. and the Doomed WWII Mission to Save London, in which he recounts the American bombing mission, Operation…

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    Interview with Rita Gabis

    Rita Gabis talked about her book, A Guest at the Shooters' Banquet: My Grandfathers' SS Past, My Jewish Family, A Search for the Truth. She was interviewed at BookExpo America, the…

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    Book Discussion on When Books Went to War

    Molly Guptill Manning talked about her book, When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II. The 2015 Roosevelt Reading Festival was held by the Franklin D. Roosevelt…

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    World War II in the Central Pacific

    Lieutenant Colonel Sharon Tosi Lacey talked about American strategy in the Pacific during World War II, highlighting the Battle of Saipan in the summer of 1944 and its importance. She…

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    Jerry von Halle Oral History Interview

    Jerry von Halle talked about growing up in Germany and moving to Holland when Adolf Hitler gained power. After being released from prison by claiming he had tuberculosis, he went into…

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    World War II Photographs

    Alex Kershaw, author of The Liberator spoke with 92-year-old photographer Tony Vaccaro, who smuggled his portable 35mm camera onto the battlefield during World War II and created intimate…

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    John Holmes Oral History Interview

    U.S. Army Veteran John Holmes talks about coming across a Nazi labor camp during World War II in the Hartz region of Austria and liberating the Jews who were imprisoned there. He also…

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    Normandy Invasion

    1944 U.S. Coast Guard film is a report on the preparations and activities of the D-Day invasion with an emphasis on the contributions of the United States Coast Guard.

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    Medical Service in the Invasion of Normandy

    This 1944 War Department film is a detailed report on how the U.S. Army organized emergency medical treatment, transportation, and hospitalization before and during the D-Day invasion.

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    Shony Braun Oral History Interview

    Holocaust survivor Shony Braun talked about his experiences in Auschwitz and being shot while trying to escape a death march. Born In Transylvania, Romania, Sandor “Shony”…

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    Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony for Doolittle Tokyo Raiders

    House and Senate leaders held a ceremony to award the Congressional Gold Medal in honor of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, a volunteer unit that conducted the first air raid on Japan during…

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