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  • World War II Allied Spy and Debutante
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    World War II Allied Spy and Debutante

    Howard Blum talked about the life of Betty Pack, a Washington, D.C., debutante who worked as a spy for both the British and Americans during World War II. Mr. Blum described her ability to seduce…

    698 views
  • Korea and China After World War II
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    Korea and China After World War II

    Historians talked about the political developments in Korea and China after World War II. They spoke about the rise of communist leaders Kim Il-Sung of North Korea and Mao Zedong of China and the…

    482 views
  • World War II War Crimes Trials
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    World War II War Crimes Trials

    Peter Maguire talked about the legacy of the Nuremberg trials and described how, in the 1950s, the Germans questioned the validity of the sentences, which often resulted in pardons or paroles. Gerhard Weinberg…

    524 views
  • MacArthur Hirohito and Famine in Postwar Japan
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    MacArthur, Hirohito, and Famine in Postwar Japan

    Richard Frank talked about America’s post-World War II occupation of Japan. Mr. Frank spoke about General Douglas MacArthur’s relationship with Emperor Hirohito, and efforts to set up food distribution…

    591 views
  • Vatican Spies During World War II
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    Vatican Spies During World War II

    Mark Riebling talked about Pope Pius the Twelfth and the Catholic Church’s secret actions against the Nazis. He argued that, contrary to previous scholarship, the pope was involved in efforts to change the German…

    842 views
  • Locating and Returning Remains of US Service Members
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    Locating and Returning Remains of U.S. Service Members

    Two authors and a POW/MIA historian discussed efforts to locate and return the remains of deceased American service members in the aftermath of World War II. “Those Left Behind” was part of the…

    191 views
  • Global Perspectives on Commemorating World War II
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    Global Perspectives on Commemorating World War II

    Historians talked about the ways Germany, China, Japan, and the United States remember and commemorate their involvement in World War II. This roundtable discussion was part of the multi-day 2016…

    223 views
  • Office of Strategic Services World War II Veteran
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    Office of Strategic Services World War II Veteran

    Ninety-five-year-old Office of Strategic Services (OSS) veteran U.S. Army Major General John Singlaub (Retired) recalled some of his many missions in Europe and Asia. Following World War II, General Singlaub…

    377 views
  • Democracy During World War II
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    Democracy During World War II

    Historians talked about the influence of American democracy after World War II. Topics included the growth of America’s federal government during the war, the United Nations and human rights after the war, and relief…

    383 views
  • Origins of the Cold War in Central Europe
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    Origins of the Cold War in Central Europe

    Alexandra Richie and Conrad Crane talked about the origins of the Cold War. Professor Richie spoke about Joseph Stalin and the reasons behind Soviet expansion, while Professor Crane examined the…

    519 views
  • Cartoonist Bill Maudlins PostWorld War II Career
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    Cartoonist Bill Maudlin's Post-World War II Career

    Todd DePastino talked about World War II cartoonist Bill Mauldin’s post-war career. Mr. DePastino is the editor of two books that chronicle Bill Mauldin’s work. “Willie and Joe Back Home: Bill Mauldin and…

    213 views
  • Aftermath of World War II
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    Aftermath of World War II

    David Kennedy talked about the aftermath of World War II. Professor Kennedy argued that post-war changes, such as economic globalization and the formation of the United Nations, transformed America and the globe…

    682 views
  • Pursuit of German and Japanese War Criminals
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    Pursuit of German and Japanese War Criminals

    Authors talked about the fate of German and Japanese war criminals in the aftermath of World War II. “Pursuit of War Criminals: To Punish or to Partner?” was part of the multi-day 2016 International…

    400 views
  • American Resistance in Nazi Germany
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    American Resistance in Nazi Germany

    Alex Kershaw talked about the Jacksons, an American family who aided the French Resistance in Nazi-occupied Paris. They lived on Avenue Foch, a street where many Gestapo and SS officers resided during…

    467 views
  • The FBI and a Nazi Spy Ring
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    The FBI and a Nazi Spy Ring

    Peter Duffy described the story of an FBI double agent who helped expose a Nazi spy ring in New York. He talked about how the mission was developed and how it made use of a hidden camera to gather…

    595 views
  • World War II Spies and Codebreakers
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    World War II Spies and Codebreakers

    Sir Max Hastings talked about the significance of espionage for each side during World War II. He described how information was gathered and if it had an impact on the movement of physical forces. He…

    826 views
  • emSuch Men As Theseem
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    Such Men As These

    David Sears, military historian and former U.S. Navy officer, profiles U.S. Navy combat pilots who flew during the Korean War. The author examines James Michener’s reportage of the aviators in…

    406 views
  • New Understanding of the Civil War
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    New Understanding of the Civil War

    Thomas Fleming talked about his book, A Disease in the Public Mind: A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War, in which he portrays the Civil War as a tragedy that American leaders…

    533 views
  • emHotels Hospitals and Jails A Memoirem
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    Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails: A Memoir

    Anthony Swofford, former Marine sniper and author of Jarhead, talked about his life since leaving the military. He responded to questions from members of the audience at the Pritzker Military…

    391 views
  • USCanada International Security
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    U.S.-Canada International Security

    Ambassadors and U.S. and Canadian Naval and Coast Guard officials talked about relations between the two countries and cooperation on border security, energy, and environmental issues.…

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