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Upcoming Programs

We’ve completed our Spring 2019 programming. Please check back in the summer for updates regarding Fall 2019 programming. We were recently honored to present a program remembering the 75th anniversary of D-Day; our presenter was former Center Director, now retired, Professor Paul Zigo, and our special guest was John Santillo, a veteran of D-Day and the war in Europe. Mr. Santillo was quite a hit with the students. He’s certainly an amazing man, now 97 years of age and as sharp as ever! His knowledge of history is amazing–after all he lived it. We were truly honored to have him visit our college and speak at our program. We hope to invite Mr. Santillo back in the near future; he plans a return to Normandy this June for the official 75th anniversary commemoration ceremonies.


 

Upcoming Fall 2019 Programs

 

Tuesday September 24, 2019

Return to Normandy: An Evening with US Army Veteran John Santillo

7:00 to 8:45 pm,  Student Life Center  SLC 106 (Twin Lights I)

John Santillo is a true American  hero, one of only about 500 still-surviving veterans of the historic D-Day invasion.  Born and raised in Newark, he entered the Army in 1942, serving with the 237th Engineer Combat Battalion. He also saw action in North Africa, the Battle of the Bulge and Germany.  He is a recipient of the US Army’s Legion of Merit and the French Legion of Honour, France’s highest decoration. Last year, his hometown of Brick proclaimed a day in his honor and awarded him a key to the city.   Mr. Santillo will enlighten us with details of his recent return to Normandy for the 75th anniversary commemoration of the D-Day landings in June 2019. World War II Center Advisory Board member, Larry Schwartz, and Brookdale English faculty member, Elana Maloney, will also be sharing videos and experiences from the trip.

 

 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The Children of World War II

French child at the Rheims Victory Parade Rheims, France May 1945 An endearing photo of a French child attending the Rheims Victory Parade, this was one of the last photos taken in Europe by U.S. Army Technical Sergeant 5th Grade Al Meserlin, personal wartime photographer to U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe.

French child at the Rheims Victory Parade Rheims, France May 1945
An endearing photo of a French child attending the Rheims Victory Parade, this was one of the last photos taken in Europe by U.S. Army Technical Sergeant 5th Grade Al Meserlin, personal wartime photographer to U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe.

7:00 to 8:45 pm, Student Life Center SLC 106 (Twin Lights I)

A seldom explored topic in World War II history involves the experiences of young children during the war. What is it like to carry, for the rest of one’s life, early memories of surviving the greatest armed conflict in human history? How do those experiences forever alter one’s life? Join us for a fascinating evening, as special guests who grew up in The United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Germany share their stories.

 

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