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decided to produce adocumentary about Dr.Kersten. Masur, of course,would play a prominent role inthe film. In the process of making the documentary,Amara learned that SteveKarger had been lecturingabout his famous great uncleat Brookdale College and wasrelated to Masur, and Masur invited Karger to Germany toparticipate in the documentary.Steve Karger possesses oneof the few copies of thedocumentary and it will beshown during the lecture.Don't miss this excitinglecture.
February 21: Carol Ventowill talk about her book
TheHidden Legacy of World War II: A Daughter's Journey
. Shetells the story of her famousparatrooper father DutchSchultz, famously portrayed inthe movie "The Longest Day".March 20: AndrewNagorski, the first speaker atthe commencement of theBook Cub almost 3 years agowill give a lecture on his mostrecent book titled
Hitlerland, American Eyewitness to theNazi Rise to Power.
GeneralWedemeyer is among themany Americans he writesabout during this critical periodof the Nazi era.April 17: Leila Levinsonwill talk about her new book
, the story of her father, an army surgeon wholanded at Utah Beach on June6, 1944 along with the firstwave of American soldiers. Hetended to hundreds of wounded, but was notprepared for what heexperienced, when among thefirst group of Americans wholiberated Nordhausen, theinfamous Nazi ConcentrationCamp, he saw what hadhappened to tens of thousandsof Jewish prisoners who hadperished. Dr. Levinson, alongwith other army doctors,ministered to many of thesurvivors, and the experienceprofoundly affected his life.The memory was so terriblethat he largely suppressed it.His family knew little of thestory until Ms. Levinson, after her father's death, came upona trunk of her father'scontaining many photos andother documentation relating tothe horror. She knew she hadto tell the story. By speaking tomany other veterans who hadliberated Concentration Campsshe has constructed acompelling story of how theexperience affected the lives of those who liberated thesecamps. Most importantly shetells us that this is a story thatmust be told.The books by Carol Ventoand Leila Levinson bring tomind other books which focuson the impact of war onveterans and how it relates totheir life after their discharge.Anyone interested in thissubject is referred to two other recent books. The first is
What It Is Like To Go To War
by CarlMarlantes. The second is
by Sebastian Junger. Each of these books gives insight intothe real truths of combat: thefear, the honor, and the trust of the men which is the singlemost important ingredient inexplaining how these mensurvive the stress of combat.Most important is how thesetwo authors described thestress of re- entry into civilianlife after combat.Andrew Roberts, the author of
Masters And Commanders
,a multiple award-winning bookhas just written a new andfascinating one volume historyof World War II,
The Storm of War
, which has also receivedcritical reviews. Andrew hasagreed to come to the BookCub and discuss his new book,and we are working on a datesometime in the spring or fallof 2012. We will keep youposted on this event.
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Dr. Steven Lomazow:
Dues for 2012
Membership dues for theyear 2012 are now payable.A Single membership is$25.00 and a familymembership is $30.00. Makechecks payable to World War II Book Club and mail to JohnMcLaughlin at address onthis News Letter.
New York Times B
est Seller will be thetopic of a Book Discussion atthe Millburn Public LibraryMonday February 6, 2012 at12:30. John McLaughlin will