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  • emBefore the Falloutem
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    Before the Fallout

    Diana Preston talked about her book Before The Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima, published by Walker and Company. On December 26, 1898, Marie Curie announced the discovery of radium and observed that…

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  • Naval History of World War II
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    Naval History of World War II

    U.S. Naval Academy historian emeritus Craig Symonds talked about his book, World War II at Sea: A Global History. Professor Symonds discussed the strategies and battles that took place on a…

    672 views
  • emThe First Fighters in New Guinea 19421944em
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    The First Fighters in New Guinea, 1942-1944

    Between 1942 and 1944, U.S. Army engineer Lieutenant Colonel Ken Gerrish recorded a series of 16mm color films to document his World War II service in Papua New Guinea. The film shows…

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  • World War II Films of the First Motion Picture Unit
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    World War II Films of the First Motion Picture Unit

    National Archives motion picture preservation specialists Audrey Amidon and Heidi Holmstrom showed clips from World War II films produced by the Army Air Corps' First Motion Picture Unit.…

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  • US and Britain Artillery Production 194143
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    U.S. and Britain Artillery Production 1941-43

    Historian James Holland talked about American and British artillery production between 1941 and 1943, after German forces invaded Soviet territory. He is the author of several books on…

    478 views
  • emAgent 110em
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    Agent 110

    Scott Miller talked about his book Agent 110: An American Spymaster and the German Resistance in WWII, in which he recalls Allen Dulles' efforts to embolden the German resistance against…

    1,297 views
  • Japanese Surrender in 1945
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    Japanese Surrender in 1945

    Courtesy of the National Archives, this United Newsreel depicts Japan’s involvement in World War II and scenes from Victory over Japan (VJ) day.

    627 views
  • Anthony Pitch on emOur Crime Was Being Jewishem
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    Our Crime Was Being Jewish

    Anthony Pitch talked about his book Our Crime Was Being Jewish: Hundreds of Holocaust Survivors Tell Their Stories, in which he presents the accounts of 358 Holocaust survivors. He recounts…

    868 views
  • 1944 Documentary emDDay to Germanyem
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    1944 Documentary D-Day to Germany

    The 1944 documentary D-Day to Germany was shot, edited, and narrated by Jack Lieb, a “News of the Day” correspondent who was assigned to cover the invasion of France. He shot this film for…

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  • emThe Most Dangerous Man in Americaem
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    The Most Dangerous Man in America

    Mark Perry talked about his biography, The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Making of Douglas MacArthur, in which he recounts the military career of General Douglas MacArthur. In his book, the…

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  • Nazi War Criminals
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    Nazi War Criminals

    Author Richard Rashke talked about his book, Useful Enemies: John Demjanjuk and America’s Open-Door Policy For Nazi War Criminals, in which he explores whether the United States had a clear…

    1,175 views
  • Book TV Discussion of emThe Monuments Menem
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    Panel Discussion of Robert Edsel's The Monuments Men

    Panelists discussed Robert Edsel’s book, The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, in which Edsel recounts the story of the Allied unit…

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  • Recovering Lost World War II Pilot
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    Recovering Lost World War II Pilot

    Bryan Bender talked about his time following a group of military anthropologists as they searched the jungles of the Pacific for the remains of a downed World War II pilot. He compared the…

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  • Hollywoods Pact with Hitler
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    Hollywood's Pact with Hitler

    Author Ben Urwand talked about his book, The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler, in which he uncovers the relationship between studio executives and the German propaganda ministry. He…

    808 views
  • Herbert Hoovers Secret History of the Second World War and its Aftermath
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    Herbert Hoover’s Secret History of the Second World War and its Aftermath

    Historian George Nash discussed Herbert Hoover’s manuscript, Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover’s Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath, which was edited by both Mr. Nash and the…

    1,390 views
  • Malmedy Massacre at the Battle of the Bulge
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    Malmedy Massacre at the Battle of the Bulge

    Author Danny Parker talked about his book, Fatal Crossroads: The Untold Story of the Malmedy Massacre at the Battle of the Bulge. On December 17, 1944, an American convoy traveling through…

    1,206 views
  • emLet There Be Lightem
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    Let There Be Light

    Hollywood director John Huston recorded a documentary film for the U.S. Army depicting psychological combat trauma and efforts to treat returning World War II veterans. The film was not seen by…

    394 views
  • How Americans First Learned of Pearl Harbor
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    How Americans First Learned of Pearl Harbor

    In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Marvin Kalb used film, audio, and photographic records from the National Archives and the Newseum to illustrate the way Americans…

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  • World War II Enemy Aliens Program
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    World War II Enemy Aliens Program

    Archivist Lynn Goodsell talked about various aspects of the World War II “enemy alien control” programs and related records available at the National Archives. Besides the well known internment camps in California…

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  • emSisterhood of Spiesem
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    Sisterhood of Spies

    Elizabeth McIntosh talked about her book Sisterhood of Spies: The Women of the OSS (US Naval Institute Press, 1998). In the book she tells the story of women, including Marlene Dietrich and Julia…

    808 views
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