Monday, November 23, 2015

Veterans' Night Video Now Online

youtube iconThe video from the November 17 Veterans' Night presentations - Travis and Justin Conley; Maxine Giannini; Alfred DeLuca; Dr. Richard Riva; Dr. Richard Schonberg - is now available on Youtube.  View the video »

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Schedule of Events

Mark your calendars now!


December 7: Holiday Party at the Mayfair Farms in West Orange


  • January 13: Dr. John Rose will discuss Churchill and the literary life in Britain during WWII.
  • February 10: Del Staeker presents Sailor Man, The Troubled Life and Times of J.P. Nunnally, U.S. Navy
  • March 9: Pat Schuber, discussing his WWII trip to Sicily and Italy, following invasion Husky and     Avalanche and the advance of American and British forces.
  • April 13:  Pat Chappine presents “NJ Women in WWII”
  • May 11:  Nick Bellantoni presents: "MysteryQuest—Behind the Scenes of The History Channel’s       “Hitler’s Escape”

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Veterans' Night - November 17

The next meeting is on Tuesday, November 17 at 7 p.m., “Veterans' Night.
  1. Travis and Justin Conley who talk about their grandfather who survived the Bataan Death March, was transported to Japan in one of the "Hell Ships" and finally liberated in August 1945. He wrote an amazing journal which I and Steven Lomazow are co-authoring a book about the experience.
  2. Maxine Giannini, author of the book Drawing D-Day will talk about her husband who served with the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Division (same unit that was the subject of Paul Zigo's lecture last week). He penned many sketches of the unit in grim detail, which Maxine narrates in her book about her husband.
  3. Alfred Deluca, a World War 2 Book Club member. His brother also served with the 116th Infantry. Alfred has pictures and letters he will share with us about his brother's service in this remarkable unit.
  4. Dr. Richard Riva, also a Book Club member will tell us about his father's service in China during World War 2
  5. Dr. Schonberg, the President of the Book Club will talk about his father's combat experience in North Africa, Sicily and Italy during the war.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Remembering Ursula Pawel

Ursula Pawel at the United States
Holocaust Memorial Museum
This past May, one of our most well received speakers, Ursula Pawel, passed away.  Ursula Pawel gave a lecture about her book My Child is Back at the New Jersey World War II Book Club on May 17, 2011.  

We are also fortunate to have an additional video taken by Nancy Webster from an August, 2012 visit with Dr. John McLaughlin and his wife, Mary Jean to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.

Ms. Webster videotaped the entire trip and made special arrangements with the Holocaust Memorial Museum for an early morning tour of the exhibits with no other tourists in the building. More importantly, Ms. Webster made special arrangements for Ursula's personal diary, which had been donated to the Museum some ten to fifteen years previously, to be transported from a warehouse some 10 miles away so Ursula could see it again. Ursula was unaware of the special arrangements that Ms. Webster had made with the Museum and was completely overwhelmed to see this precious diary after the lapse of so many years. The video of Ursula examining the diary follows immediately after the video of the trip through the Museum:

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Our next meeting scheduled for Wednesday

We are looking forward to hearing Paul Zigo speak about his book, The Longest Walk, the story of the 116th Regiment, this Wednesday, October 21 at 7 p.m. in the Millburn Library.

Our line-up of speakers for the winter and spring of 2016 promises to be an exciting one.  A full calendar will be posted on this blog soon.

Other events coming up:

November 2 (Monday)
2 p.m.
Millburn Public Library
Dr. John J. McLaughlin will host a book review of Dead Wake by Eric Larson 

December 7 (Monday)
The Holiday party will be held at the Mayfair Farms in West Orange.  (The day may live in infamy but the night should be fun!) Mark your calendars

November 17 (Tuesday)
The next meeting of the New Jersey World War II Book Club.  

Please pay your dues

If you have not yet done so, please pay your $35.00 dues to: WW2 Book Club of New Jersey and mail to Richard Schonberg, 15 Ballantine Road, Mendham, NJ 0945.

Friday, September 11, 2015

The Life of Jacob Brawler

Dr. John J. McLaughlin
Dr. John J. McLaughlin wrote this story as part of a project during his studies for a doctorate in History at Drew University. He made several trips to South Carolina, visited the Florence National Cemetery in Florence, South Carolina and searched the Revolutionary War records at Columbia, South Carolina.

Read or download the paper »

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Next Meeting in October

Please note:
  • There will be no lecture in September. 
  • The next lecture will be on Wednesday, October 21, 2015
  • The World War II Book Club Will Continue
    We are happy to inform the Book Club Members that we have a new President who will take over management of the World War II Book Club. John McLaughlin has had several meetings with Dr. Richard Schonberg who has agreed to take over management of the Book Club. John McLaughin will continue as Moderator.
Paul E. Zigo
Paul E. Zigo will present a lecture at the Millburn Library on his recently published book, The Longest Walk, the story of the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Infantry Division. (This lecture was previously scheduled for February 17, but cancelled because of a severe storm) The lecture will commence at 7 p.m.

The 116th Infantry Regiment landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day June 6, 1944. They were featured in the riveting opening scene of the movie "Saving Private Ryan". This regiment lost one third of the 3200 men who made the landing that day. Paul has visited the site of the landing at least five times during the preparation of this book.

Paul is an Assistant Professor of History and the Director of the Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ. He teaches American History, the History of World War II, Recent American History as well as Human Geography. He earned a baccalaureate degree in history from Rutgers University in 1964, a master’s degree from Rider University in personnel and guidance in 1973 and a master’s degree from Temple University in recent American diplomatic and military history in August 2000. He also directs the Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution at Brookdale, an educational resource center open to all interested in studying the historical impact and significance of the Second World War.

 Mr. Zigo is a 30-year veteran of the United States Army Reserve, retiring as a Colonel in 1994. He is a 1989 graduate of the U.S Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, PA.