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World War II: Witnesses and Memory – Liberators and Liberated



We invite you to a new series of international webinars organized by the Pilecki Institute of Warsaw, Poland and and the National World War II Museum of New Orleans, USA.

The series entitled “World War II: Witnesses and Memory” will cover: “Liberators and Liberated,” “Witnessing the Outbreak,” and “Memory Wars.”   

The series launched on January 28th, the day after the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, with the first program, “Liberators and Liberated.” Chaired by John Cornell from the Pilecki Institute, the panel included the National WWII Museum’s Senior Historian, Robert Citino, PhD, President and CEO Emeritus of The National WWII Museum, Gordon “Nick” Mueller, PhD and Wojciech Kozłowski, PhD, the Director of the Pilecki Institute.

Join us for an engaging roundtable discussion regarding the experiences of those who did the liberating and those who were liberated in Europe, 1945, and how institutions and scholars preserve and teach this history.

The panelists:
?Wojciech Kozłowski, PhD, is the director of the Pilecki Institute, a research institution based in Warsaw, and the chief editor of its scholarly journal "Totalitarian and 20th Century Studies". He holds Ph.D. in medieval studies from Central European University and M.A. in history from the University of Warsaw. He was a fellow at the New Europe College and a visiting scholar at the Department of History at Harvard.
?Robert Citino, PhD, Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy and the Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian. Dr. Citino is an award-winning military historian and scholar who has published ten books including "The Wehrmacht Retreats: Fighting a Lost War, 1943", "Death of the Wehrmacht: The German Campaigns of 1942", and "The German Way of War: From the Thirty Years' War to the Third Reich" and numerous articles covering World War II and 20th century military history. He speaks widely and contributes regularly to general readership magazines such as "World War II". Dr. Citino enjoys close ties with the U.S. military establishment, and taught one year at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and two years at the U.S. Army War College.
?Gordon “Nick” Mueller. PhD, is President and CEO Emeritus of The National WWII Museum. Dr. Mueller assisted historian Stephen Ambrose in founding the institution, initially known as The National D-Day Museum, and led the organization as Chairman of the Board from 1998 through its fundraising and construction to the Grand Opening on June 6, 2000. His appointment as full-time President and CEO has allowed him to shape the Museum’s development, image and outreach. Dr. Mueller earned his Bachelor’s degree at Stetson University, an MA and PhD at the University of North Carolina, and has done postgraduate work at Yale, Harvard, and several European Universities.

?John Cornell, PhD, received his Bachelors in Music from the University of California, Berkeley, and continued his studies in Modern European History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his PhD there in 1997, specializing in modern French musical culture. He moved to Warsaw in 2008, and has been working with the Pilecki Institute since 2016, aiding with programs such as their database of post-war testimonies "Chronicles of Terror" and directing their workshop series "English in Academia". As an adjunct with the Institute's Center for the Study of Totalitarianisms, his current research projects concern relations between the Polish Government-in-Exile and the British Government during the Second World War, and the work of the Polish Government with the United Nations War Crimes Commission.

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