World War II: Witnesses and Memory | Part 2: Witnessing the Outbreak - Instytut Pileckiego



31.03.2021 (Wed) 18:00

World War II: Witnesses and Memory | Part 2: Witnessing the Outbreak

We invite you to the second part of 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.

Join us for the next webinar from the “World War II: Witnesses and Memory” series organized jointly by the Pilecki Institute and the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. This time, we will be analyzing two different perspectives on the outbreak of the war – the European and the American.

“Witnessing the Outbreak” is the title of the international debate that will take place on 31 March 2021. What were the consequences of the outbreak of the war? How did the American society perceive the Attack on Pearl Harbor? How should we talk about the outbreak of the war, taking into account our two different perspectives?

The panel moderated by Dr. Robert Citino (National WWII Museum in New Orleans) will feature Dr. Wojciech Kozłowski (director of the Pilecki Institute), Richard Frank (National WWII Museum in New Orleans), and Roger Moorhouse (historian and author of books on WWII).

The English-language webinar will be held on Zoom and livestreamed on the Pilecki Institute Facebook profile. Simultaneous translation into Polish will be available. Click the link below to register:

6.00 pm Warsaw, Poland

11.00 am Central U.S.

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.

? Richard Frank is an internationally renowned expert on the Pacific War. After graduating from the University of Missouri, he was commissioned in the US Army, in which he served for nearly four years, including a tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam as an aero rifle platoon leader with the 101st Airborne Division.

Frank completed studies at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. Soon afterwards he began research on his first book, Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of Landmark Campaign, which was published in 1990 and won the United States Marine Corps’ General Wallace M. Greene Award. His latest book, Tower of Skulls: A History of the Asia-Pacific War, Vol 1: July 1939-May 1942, was released in March 2020.

? Roger Moorhouse, a historian specializing in Germany and Poland
in World War Two. He is the author of a number of books on the subject, including “The Devils’ Alliance” (2014), “Berlin at War” (2012) and the award-winning “First to Fight” (2019), a history of the September Campaign of 1939, which was published in Poland as “Polska 1939”. He is a visiting professor at the College of Europe in Natolin, Warsaw, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in London.



?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.

ABOUT THE National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today—so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn.
A Private, 501(c)3 Institution designated by Congress as the official WWII museum of the United States, The National WWII Museum is located in downtown New Orleans on a six-acre campus, where five soaring pavilions house historical exhibits, on-site restoration work, a period dinner theater, its own hotel and restaurants.
New Orleans is home to the LCVP, or Higgins boat, the landing craft that brought US soldiers to shore in every major amphibious assault of World War II. Andrew Jackson Higgins and the 30,000 Louisiana workers of Higgins Industries designed, built and tested 20,000 Higgins boats in southeastern Louisiana during the war. Dwight Eisenhower once claimed that Higgins was "the man who won the war for us."
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The Pilecki Institute is a modern scholarly institution engaged in a broad range of research, exhibitional, educational and cultural initiatives. “Called by the Name”, the Virtus et Fraternitas Medal, the Berlin exhibition devoted to Witold Pilecki, and the “Chronicles of Terror” are only some of its undertakings. Each of these projects, however, encourages a deeper reflection on the impact which the long-term criminal presence of German and Soviet totalitarianism had on Polish society and the Polish state. The mission of the Pilecki Institute also includes the organization of activities and events outside the borders of Poland, and therefore on 16 September 2018 we officially opened our branch in Berlin. This gives us the opportunity of developing cooperation with German institutions of culture and science, and improving the quality of archival research.

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