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    Mayer Adler Oral History Interview

    Holocaust survivor Mayer Adler talked about being sent to Auschwitz with his family in 1944, their separation, and his transfer to Kaufering labor camp outside of Dachau, Germany. He…

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    Gerda Weissmann Klein Oral History Interview

    Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein talked about how the 1939 German invasion of Poland changed her life. She spoke about being sent to a Jewish ghetto with her family, their…

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    Kansas City and World War II

    world War II veterans from Kansas City talked about their wartime experiences. Topics included the atomic bomb, the invasion of Normandy, and Harry Truman.

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    Two Down and One to Go!

    Produced for service men and women after the defeat of Nazi Germany on May 8, 1945, this educational film explains in detail the plan to defeat Japan, and how military officials determined…

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    World War II Victory in Europe 70th Anniversary Ceremony

    Dignitaries and veterans commemorated the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe at a ceremony at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Speakers included…

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    Book Discussion on Ministers at War

    Jonathan Schneer talked about his book Ministers at War: Winston Churchill and His War Cabinet, in which he recounts Winston Churchill’s war cabinet, composed of men across the…

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    The War Ends in Europe

    This 1945 United News reel about Victory in Europe day includes clips of the signing of the surrender and President Truman making the official statement.

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    Kurt Klein Oral History Interview

    Kurt Klein talked about his early life in Germany, the rise of Nazi persecution of the Jews, his escape to the United States and his family’s efforts to rescue his parents, who…

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    German Memorial Ceremony for the End of World War II

    The German Bundestag hosted a memorial ceremony on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. May 8, 1945, marked the formal acceptance by the Allied forces of…

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    British Commemoration of the End of World War II

    British political leaders attended a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. The ceremony took place at the Cenotaph in central London

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    Weekly Presidential Address

    President Obama delivered his weekly address a day early to commemorate the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe May 8, 1945. He paid tribute to the men and women…

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    World War II Victory in Europe 70th Anniversary Flyover

    Dozens of World War II aircraft participated in a flyover following a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. The aircraft flew in 15 separate…

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    Panel Discussion on World War II Internment

    Jan Jarboe Russell, author of The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II, and Richard…

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    Women Aviators During World War II

    Lincoln Hallowell and Judith Berdy talked about American Women aviators, engineers, and air field personnel who served during World War II. Mr. Hallowell argued that these women…

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    April 1945 Universal Newsreel

    This April 23, 1945, Universal Newsreel report on the final days of war in Germany as U.S. and Russian forces moved towards a meeting included scenes of German prisoners, German civilians,…

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    Senator Daniel Akaka Oral History Interview

    Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI) talked about growing up in Hawaii, witnessing the attack on Pearl Harbor, and how that event affected native Hawaiians and led to the Senator’s service in…

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    Panel Discussion on World War II and the Holocaust

    Martin Goldsmith, author of Alex’s Wake: The Tragic Voyage of the St. Louis to Flee Nazi Germany, and a Grandson’s Journey of Love and Remembrance, Glenn Kurtz, author of…

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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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    Book Discussion on Roosevelt and Stalin

    Susan Butler talked about her book, Roosevelt and Stalin: Portrait of a Partnership, about the relationship between President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Soviet Union’s Joseph…

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    Truman's Presidency and World War II

    David McCullough talked about Harry S. Truman’s presidency and World War II. He said that President Truman’s humility and quiet courage, stemming from his working class…

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