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  • emCode Girlsem
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    Code Girls

    Liza Mundy talked about her book, Code Girls, about the contributions of women code breakers during World War II. She spoke at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books.

  • 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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    Open Phones with Robert Edsel

    Robert Edsel, author of The Monuments Men, responded to viewer comments and questions. In The Monuments Men, Mr. Edsel tells the story of the Allied forces who were tasked with recovering…

  • Understanding Combat and Fallen World War II Soldiers
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    Understanding Combat and Fallen World War II Soldiers

    Professor John McManus presented an illustrated lecture titled, “The Fallen American Soldiers of World War II: Their World of Combat.” This was part of a lecture series marking the 150th…

  • World War II Battle of Guadalcanal Strategy
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    World War II Battle of Guadalcanal Strategy

    Rick Jacobs marked the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal by talking about the battle’s strategies and significance. The Battle of Guadalcanal began in August of 1942. It was the…

  • World War II Veterans Discussion
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    World War II Veterans Discussion

    World War II veterans recalled their combat experiences and explained why it is important to continue discussions with students. This event was a part of the Friends of the National World…

  • Holocaust Survivor Josaine Traum
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    Holocaust Survivor Josaine Traum

    Holocaust survivor Josiane Traum recalled her family’s experiences after Germany invaded Belgium and imposed anti-Semitic laws. Ms. Traum talked about her parents' resistance to the Nazi regime and her…

  • QA with Tom Ricks
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    Q&A with Tom Ricks

    Thomas Ricks talked about his book Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom, on the impact on the world of the lives of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and novelist,…

  • American World War II Orphans Network
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    American World War II Orphans Network

    Members of the American World War II Orphans Network discuss their experiences after their fathers died and how they have coped with their losses. This panel was part of the Friends of the…

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    19 Weeks

    Norman Moss talked about his book, 19 Weeks: America, Britain, and the Fateful Summer of 1940. He described the time between May and September of 1940, during which Britain prepared for an imminent…

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    Michael Korda talked about his book Alone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat Into Victory, in which he recalls the evacuation of over 300,000 Allied troops from Dunkirk, France, in…

  • emNeptunes Inferno The US Navy at Guadalcanalem
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    Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal

    James Hornfischer discussed his book, Neptune’s Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal. He used maps during his presentation, and responded to questions from members of the audience. This…

  • World War II Leadership
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    World War II Leadership

    Victor Hanson, a professor emeritus of Classics at California State University, Fresno, lectured to a history class on masters and commanders during World War II. In this fall seminar in…

  • emMacArthurs Spiesem
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    MacArthur's Spies

    Peter Eisner talked about his book MacArthur’s Spies: The Soldier, the Singer, and the Spymaster Who Defied the Japanese in World War II, in which he recalls the contingent of Filipinos and…

  • 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…

  • emThe Trial of Adolf Hitlerem
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    The Trial of Adolf Hitler

    David King talked about his book The Trial of Adolf Hitler: The Beer Hall Putsch and the Rise of Nazi Germany, in which he recounts Adolf Hitler’s trial for high treason in February, 1924, which…

  • Supreme Court Landmark Case emKorematsu v United Statesem
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    Supreme Court Landmark Case Korematsu v. United States

    Peter Irons and Karen Korematsu talked about the 1944 U.S. Supreme Court case Korematsu V. United States, in which the court ruled 6-3 that Japanese internment camps were necessary for the…

  • emCountdown to Pearl Harborem
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    Countdown to Pearl Harbor

    Steve Twomey talked about his book Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack, in which he provides a history of the twelve days leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl…

  • President Trump Meets with USS Arizona Survivors
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    President Trump Meeting with USS Arizona Survivors

    President Trump met with service members of the USS Arizona, who survived the Dec 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor attack, in the Oval Office. Survivors being honored included Ken Potts, Donald…

  • Jewish Refugees on the St Louis
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    Jewish Refugees on the St. Louis

    Historians from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum talked about the journey of the St. Louis and the fate of its passengers. In 1939, some 900 Jewish refugees sailed from Hamburg, Germany,…

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