Monday, January 27, 2014

February 18 Meeting Cancelled

Due to the weather, tonight's meeting is cancelled and will be rescheduled.

The next meeting of the NJ World War II Book Club will be on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 7 PM, as usual  at the Millburn Library.

Our speaker will be Barbara Boyer. Barbara is currently a teacher at South Plainfield High School. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Rider University. She holds a Master's Degree in Spanish Linguistics from Penn State and a second Masters Degree from Kean University.

Barbara has a keen interest in Asian history and in the summer of 2012 she traveled to China on a scholarship to study Chinese history. The focus was on China and Japan during World War II. Barbara will present a lecture on the little known but  profoundly disturbing  book by Peter Williams and David Wallace,  Unit 731 Japan's Secret Biological Warfare in World War II.

During World War II Japanese scientists, with full knowledge and approval of their superiors,   secretly carried on a series of cruel and painful  medical experiments on prisoners of war, such as  injecting them with deadly bacteria, subjecting them to oxygen deprivation, submersing them in freezing water,  operating on them without anesthesia and much more, all in an effort to determine the outside limits of human endurance.   Thousands died from these callous experiments, yet the persons responsible were never punished after the war. Barbara will tell of of the secret agreement made between those responsible for these inhuman acts of torture and the Allies, and the reasons for the suppression of this story of man's inhumanity to man, and its legacy.

This lecture was originally scheduled for June 13, 2013 but was cancelled due to a severe weather forcast.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tonight's Meeting Cancelled

The scheduled meeting of the World War II Book Club this evening January 21, 2014 is cancelled due to the severe snow storm warning. Richard Osborne's lecture about the life and times of Prime Minister Winston Churchill will be rescheduled.