CENTER FOR WORLD WAR II STUDIES FALL 2012 SERIES
70th Anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal Commemoration
With Dr. David Ulbrich, Command Historian, US Army Engineer School and author of “Preparing for Victory: Thomas Holcomb and the US Marine 1936-1943” and Ltc. Peter Mahoney, Instructor, US Marine Corps 6th Motor Transport Battalion
Featuring distinguished battle veterans Thomas J. Mahoney and members of the 4th Amphibious Tractor Battalion
Following the fall of the Philippine Islands to the Japanese in the spring of 1942, the battle of Guadalcanal was the first real test of land strength between the militaries of Japan and the USA in the Pacific Theater of War.
The bloody and protracted struggle for this steamy, malaria-ridden, rain sodden island in the Solomon Islands off of Australia began on August 7, 1942 and lasted until the end of January, 1943. Seven major naval battles combined with the determination of the marines and army units ashore brought eventual victory for the American forces. The cost was very heavy but Guadalcanal is now seen as a major turning point in the Pacific war from which Japan never recovered.
Come and hear all about this historic battle from a noted historian and actual veterans of the conflict. Display, exhibits and information tables will also be available to enhance one’s knowledge about this key “turning point” in World War II that occurred 70 years ago.
Saturday, Oct.13, 10am to 3pm, Warner Student Life Center, Free.
The Partisans of Vilna and Their Desperate Battle for Survival
Featuring Holocaust survivor and author Leslie Schwartz and veteran Vilna partisan Halina Kustin Jagendorf
In June of 1941, when Vilna, a major city in Lithuania, was taken over by Nazi Germany, the Zionist organizations within the Vilna Jewish Ghetto went underground and concentrated on saving their members from extermination by the ruthless Nazi Einsatzgruppen murder squads. The organization’s further aims were to prepare for armed resistance in the event of the Ghetto being in danger of liquidation and spread the idea of resistance to other ghettos.
Hear the fascinating story of the partisan group as told by Holocaust survivor Leslie Schwartz and actual Vilna partisan Halina Kustin Jagendorf; firsthand tales about how the partisans from Vilna fought the Germans until the Soviet Army reached them, and enabled them to take part in the liberation of their city on July 13, 1944.
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7:30pm, Warner Student Life Center, Fee: $12 adults, $5 students.
The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Putting the Pieces Together
Featuring Michael Kobran, author and instructor, Political Science
Each of the major players after the war in the Pacific had their own perspective on the atomic bombings over Japan; the result is an incomplete picture of how these historical events have shaped the history of each nation involved.
Michael Kobran, who is writing a book on the politics of World War II, will present a more complete picture of what really did happen in July and August of 1945, and will leave us all with a better understanding of the motives of the major players and how they led to a human tragedy whose consequences have followed the world into the 21st Century.
Thursday, Oct. 18, 7:30pm, Warner Student Life Center, Fee: $12 adults, $5 students.
The Krupps: Cannon Kings of Nazi Germany
Featuring David Stroebel, author and Krupp family historian
Stroebel, author of The Cannon King's Daughter, discovered through documents passed down through five generations of the Krupp family that his great-grandmother, Engelbertha Krupp, was banished to America and disinherited from the Krupp 400-year-old steel and munitions dynasty of Essen, Germany--the same munitions firm that armed Germany through two world wars.
He’ll show how the Krupp Works united with Hitler and the Nazi Party prior to World War II, to eventually give Hitler’s Wehrmacht the immense firepower that allowed the Third Reich's war machine to reach so far across Europe. The Cannon King's Daughter is the fascinating story of a young heiress who chose the love of a poor man over a family dynasty, and was thus banished. Engelbertha Krupp’d choice altered the history of Germany, the course of World War II, and the lives of 11 million souls. What might have happened if Engelbertha Krupp had retained her place in the family?
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7:30pm, Warner Student Life Center. Fee: $12 adults, $5 students.
The Story of the Monuments Men
Jack Needle, Historian and Professor Emeritus, Brookdale
The Monuments Men were comprised of civilians from thirteen nations, most of whom were volunteers with expertise as museum directors, curators, art scholars and educators, artists, architects, and archivists. Their job was simple: save as much of the culture of Europe as they could during World War II. They not only had the vision to understand the grave threat to the great artistic achievements of European civilization, but the courage to join the front lines and do something about that threat.
As Hitler was attempting to conquer the western world, his armies were pillaging the finest art in Europe. The Monuments Men had a mandate from President Roosevelt and the support of General Eisenhower, but no vehicles, gasoline, typewriters were authorized. In fact, they had no actual authority; just a race against time to save the as many cultural treasures as possible from destruction at the hands of Nazis. Hear the story of these unlikely heroes whose courageous spirit and actions actually enabled the best of humanity to defeat the worst.
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7:30pm, Warner Student Life Center. Fee: $12 adults, $5 students.
75th Anniversary of the Nanking Massacre Commemoration
Co-Sponsored by the New Jersey Alliance for Learning and Preserving the History or World War II in Asia
In December of 1937, the Japanese military, during its invasion of mainland China, seized Nanking, the capital of the Chinese Nationalist Government, where they then engaged in an authorized week long rampage of pillage, rape, looting and murder; nearly 300,000 civilians thousand lost their lives. Now known as the “Nanking Massacre,” the incident caught the world’s attention and spurred support for China in its efforts to resist further Japanese aggression.
The commemoration program will feature a survivor of the massacre, guest speakers, panel discussions, exhibits and displays. Refreshments to be served throughout the day.
Saturday, Dec. 8, 10am to 3pm, Warner Student Life Center. Fee; $12 adults, $5 students.
To register for a program please call (732) 224-2315; to learn more email Paul Zigo, Director of the Center for World War II Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org