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    Victory Over Japan Observance

    World War II veterans and family members commemorated the 69th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II, called VJ Day. George Prescott Bush, grandson of President George…

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    Book Discussion on A Principled Stand

    Lane Hirabayashi talked about his book, A Principled Stand: The Story of Hirabayashi v. United States, in which he discusses his uncle, Gordon Hirabayashi, whose case challenging the…

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    Atomic Bombings Remembered

    Clifton Truman Daniel and atomic bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki talked about the legacy of the nuclear attacks that ended World War II in the Pacific. The survivors…

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    1945 Universal Newsreel on Japanese Surrender

    This 1945 Universal Newsreel showed the first pictures of the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II. On August 15, 1945, Emperor Hirohito announced the surrender of Japan to…

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    Roosevelt's Role in Preparing for D-Day

    Nigel Hamilton talked about President Roosevelt’s role in preparing the allied forces for the D-Day invasion of Normandy. He argued that Roosevelt, by pushing for earlier…

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    South Korea-Japan Issues

    Panelists talked about some of the unresolved historical issues between South Korea and Japan, including Japan’s occupation of Korea from 1910-1945. “South Korea-Japan Tensions…

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    Book Discussion on Gun Control in the Third Reich

    Stephen Halbrook talked about his book, Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and "Enemies of the State", in which he argues that the Nazi regime used gun control to disarm and…

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    Life on the Battlefield During World War II

    Three veterans who served on the front lines of World War II talked about their military service leading up to and including D-Day. This was one of several events hosted by the Dwight…

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    World War II in Sicily and Italy

    Rick Atkinson talked about the significance the invasion of Sicily and the Italian campaign had on the eventual liberation of Europe during World War II. Mr. Atkinson detailed…

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    Army-Navy Screen Magazine Youth Power

    This 1944 Army-Navy Screen Magazine profiled high school students at James A. Garfield High School in Los Angeles, who worked at the Lockheed and Douglas aircraft plants under a special…

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    Remembering D-Day

    Panelists talked about the different ways D-Day was remembered in United States and abroad. They said that in the U.S., D-Day was widely memorialized through monuments, museums and…

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    Surviving the Holocaust in Poland

    Marcel Drimer talked about the challenges his family faced while living in Nazi occupied Poland during World War II. He spoke about being forced into a ghetto, going into hiding, and…

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    Aftermath of D-Day Invasion

    John McManus talked about what happened in the days and weeks following the June 6, 1944 D-Day Invasion of Normandy, France. He focused on challenges faced by the Allied forces,…

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    World War II Combat Chaplains

    Lyle Dorsett talked about military chaplains during World War II, including the difficulties the chaplains faced and stories from many of their autobiographies. Aprroximately 12,000…

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    Book Discussion on The Mantle of Command

    Nigel Hamilton, talked about his book, The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942, in which he recalls President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s military command during World War II and his…

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    Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony for Raoul Wallenberg

    Congress posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg for saving tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. He was detained by…

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    Birth of the 1st Air Commando Group

    Dennis Okerstrom talked about his upcoming book, Project 9: The Birth of the Air Commandos in World War II, about a secret team that was a forerunner to modern special forces units. He…

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    Eisenhower's Decision to Begin D-Day Invasion

    Timothy Rives talked about the night Eisenhower decided to proceed with the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Mr. Rives argued that what Eisenhower said, who was present, and what time…

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    The Battle of San Pietro and John Huston

    Mark Harris, author of Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War, talked about John Huston and The Battle of San Pietro, a documentary he made for the U.S. Army about a…

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    Life on the Home Front During World War II

    Wives and children of World War II soldiers talked about working for the war effort on the home front during the 1940s. They spoke about writing letters to enlisted men abroad, how schools…

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