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World War II

  • Peter Steiner is the author of the critically acclaimed Louis Morgon series of crime novels. He is also a cartoonist for The New Yorker and is the creator of one of the most famous cartoons of the technological age which prompted the adage, ‘On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.’His new Willi Geismeier novel is "The Inconvenient German."
  • Tova Friedman was one of the youngest people to emerge from Auschwitz. After surviving the liquidation of the Jewish ghetto in Central Poland where she lived as a toddler, Tova was four when she and her parents were sent to a Nazi labor camp, and almost six when she and her mother were forced into a packed cattle truck and sent to Auschwitz II, also known as the Birkenau extermination camp, while her father was transported to Dachau. In "The Daughter of Auschwitz," Tova immortalizes what she saw, to keep the story of the Holocaust alive, at a time when it's in danger of fading from memory.
  • "The U.S. and the Holocaust" – a new documentary by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein - is a three-part, six-hour PBS series that examines America’s response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises of the twentieth century.
  • Bestselling author Nathalia Holt joins us to discuss her new book, Wise Gals: The Spies Who Built the CIA and Changed the Future of Espionage, a stunning true account that honors their legacy, heroism, and perseverance in the face of institutional inequality.
  • In May, a portrait of a late World War II soldier was returned to its family after it was unknowingly stored for decades in an upstate New York home.
  • Dr. Al Miller was forced to leave Germany as a Jewish teenager in the 1930s as the Nazis rose to power. When he returned years later, it was as a member of a special American military intelligence unit known as “The Ritchie Boys.” Miller spoke with WAMC about his experience interrogating Nazi prisoners for the United States. Miller is making a speaking appearance for the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires tonight.
  • In 1944, a Jewish couple in Paris desperately await news of their missing family. More than 70 years later, the couple’s great-grandchildren find themselves facing the same question as their ancestors: "Are we safe?"Following five generations of a French Jewish family, the new play “Prayer for the French Republic” is a sweeping look at history, home, and the effects of an ancient hatred. The powerful world premiere comes from acclaimed playwright Joshua Harmon and director David Cromer. Manhattan Theatre Club’s world premiere of Prayer for the French Republic opened Tuesday, February 1 at New York City Center – Stage I and is scheduled to run through March 13.Actor and director David Cromer has received a Tony Award - for direction of The Band’s Visit, , Drama Desk Award, three Obie Awards, three Lucille Lortel Awards, a Joe A. Callaway Award, four Jeff Awards, and in 2010 was made a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.
  • Martin Dugard is the New York Times #1 bestselling author of the new book "Taking Paris: The Epic Battle for the City of Lights." In the book, Dugard applies his engaging style to the true story of of the Allied liberation of Paris from the grip of the Nazis during World War II.
  • To Julie Metz, her mother, Eve, was the quintessential New Yorker. Eve rarely spoke about her childhood and it was difficult to imagine her living anywhere else except Manhattan, where she could be found attending Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera or inspecting a round of French triple crème at Zabar’s.After her mother passed, Julie discovered a keepsake book filled with farewell notes from friends and relatives addressed to a ten-year-old girl named Eva. This long-hidden memento was the first clue to the secret pain that Julie’s mother had carried as a refugee and immigrant from Nazi-occupied Vienna.
  • Daniel James Brown, the bestselling author of “The Boys in the Boat,” has a new book entitled “Facing the Mountain.” It is a World War II saga that…