Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Hedtke Lecture Available on Youtube


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Professor Hedtke's March lecture on the Freckleton, England air disaster is now available on Youtube, with thanks to Richard Schonberg who taped and edited the lecture and Millburn Camera for the use of its equipment.  View the video »

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

David Kaiser to Speak at April Meeting

The next meeting of the World War II Book Club will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, as usual at the Millburn Library, 200 Glen Avenue Millburn, NJ.

David Kaiser - No End Save VictoryOur speaker will be David Kaiser who will lecture on his new book No End Save Victory - How FDR Led The Nation Into War. While Franklin Delano Roosevelt's first hundred days may be the most celebrated period of his presidency, the months before the attack on Pearl Harbor proved the most critical. Roosevelt skillfully navigated a host of challenges - a reluctant population, an unprepared military, and disagreements within his cabinet - to prepare the country for its inevitable confrontation with the Axis. In No End Save Victory, esteemed historian David Kaiser draws on extensive archival research to reveal the critical preparations that enabled the United States to win the Second World War. David Kaiser has taught history at Harvard, Carnegie Mellon, the Naval War College and Williams College. He is the author of seven books.

Dr. McLaughlin heard this lecture at the FDR Library and immediately booked Mr. Kaiser for the World War II Book Club. He is traveling from Watertown, Massachusetts to deliver this lecture. This is a lecture everyone will enjoy.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Ronald Rosbottom at Words Bookstore - March 13

On Friday, March 13, at 8 p.m.,  Professor Ronald Rosbottom of Amherst College will present a lecture about his recently published book, When Paris Went Dark, at Words Bookstore located in Maplewood center at 179 Maplewood Avenue.

This book received glowing reviews and was on the long list for a national book award. Professor Rosbottom, drawing on a range of resources - memoirs, diaries, letters, archives, and interviews - evokes with stunning precision the detail of daily life in a city under occupation, the brave people who fought against the darkness, as well as those who collaborated with their occupiers.  Visit Words Bookstore for event details »

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Prof. Hedtke to Speak on March 17

The next meeting of the World War II Book Club will be on Tuesday March 17, 2015, as usual at the Millburn Library commencing at 7 p.m.

Our speaker will be Professor James R. Hedtke, a professor of history and political science at Cabrini College located in Radnor, Pennsylvania. Professor Hedtke will talk about his recently published book The Freckleton, England, Air Disaster, the B-24 crash that killed 38 preschoolers and 23 adults, August 23, 1944.

On that date an American B-24 Liberator crashed into the small village of Freckleton in northwest England, located approximately 50 miles north of Liverpool. The plane was on a test flight when it encountered a rare and severe thunderstorm. Air traffic control at the American air base Warton recalled the bomber back to the base. When the pilot attempted to abort the landing because of poor visibility and high winds, a downdraft caught the plane and it crashed into the adjacent village of Freckleton. The huge ball of fire that erupted, engulfed a local school, and destroyed close to an entire generation of children in the village of fewer than 1,000 inhabitants as well as 23 adults. The village would never be the same.

Tragedies like this are not uncommon in war and most of them are very much overshadowed, receiving but brief press accounts and quickly overtaken by accounts of events deemed more newsworthy. Professor Hedtke has made several trips to Freckleton, met and interviewed many of the survivors, and done extensive research in preparing and writing his compelling story of this tragedy. His account brings to life the events that caused such havoc and heartache to this tiny English village.

We look forward to a wonderful evening.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tonight's Lecture Cancelled

Unfortunately, the weather has prevented our speaker, Paul Zigo from speaking at our lecture tonight.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

McMillan Lecture Video Available

The video of Dan McMillan's January 20 lecture on his book How Could This Happen: Explaining the Holocaust is now available on Youtube.  Thanks go to Richard Schonberg who taped and edited the lecture and Millburn Camera for the use of its equipment.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Paul Zigo to Speak at Next Meeting

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The next meeting of the World War II Book Club will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 17, at the Millburn Library.

Our speaker will be Paul E. Zigo who will present a lecture on his recently published book, The Longest Walk, the story of the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Infantry Division.

The 116th Infantry Regiment landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day June 6, 1944 and were featured in the riveting opening scene of the movie "Saving Private Ryan." This regiment lost one third of the 3,200 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.

Prof. Zigo is an Assistant Professor of History at Brookdale Community College and 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.

In addition, Prof. Zigo is the Founder and Director of the Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution at Brookdale. The Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution is 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. We look forward to a wonderful evening. Please mark the date.