The National World War II Museum Announces Next International Conference on WWII

Stellar lineup of historians, authors, filmmakers, veterans and more to explore the war that changed the world

Jan 26, 2010, 14:42 ET from The National World War II Museum

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The National World War II Museum's first International Conference on World War II in 2006 set the precedent for outstanding scholarship and public history on the most pivotal event of the modern era. The Museum continues this important initiative on March 18-20 in New Orleans as the 2010 International Conference features riveting presentations of the most comprehensive knowledge and perspectives on World War II.  Among the compelling speakers are such noted historians and authors as Dr. Donald Miller, Rick Atkinson, Dr. Gerhard Weinberg, Robert Edsel, Alex Kershaw and Sir Max Hastings.

"We are proud to present our third international conference on World War II," said Dr. Gordon "Nick" Mueller, President and CEO of The National World War II Museum, "the global conflict that changed America and the world in the middle of the last century.  We are excited that these renowned speakers will be with us to illuminate the controversies and debates over battles and pivotal decisions of the war as well as new discoveries on such topics as Art and War, and new insights into the Holocaust." The Conference will explore why the war was fought, how it was won, and what it means today.  

Among the most popular sessions of the conference are sure to be panels of World War II veterans who will share their personal experiences, such as Herman "Dutch" Prager, a Submariner veteran who served on the USS Kingfish.

As a highlight of the 2010 Conference, The National World War II Museum is working with HBO to present an exclusive, behind-the-scenes program on the making of the HBO Miniseries, THE PACIFIC, featuring the creative team involved in this blockbuster premiering nationally on HBO in March.

The "dean" of World War II historians, Dr. Gerhard Weinberg, will present the opening keynote address, "Visions of Victory," showing how eight war leaders, including Hitler, Mussolini and Tojo, planned to change our future if they had emerged victorious.

Other announced sessions include Carlo D'Este and Mark Stoler on "Churchill and FDR: Allies at War," Donald Miller on "Terror from the Sky," Robert Edsel and Rick Atkinson on "Art and War," and Walter Isaacson on "Einstein and the Bomb." Additional intriguing topics include "People of Color in a White Man's Army," "Should Auschwitz Have Been Bombed?," "Women in War," "The Silent Service," "War Crimes Trials," and "Aftermath: Occupations, Decolonizations and the Coming of the Cold War."

Additional noted presenters include Mark Pachter, Dr. Conrad Crane, Dr. Guenter Bischof, Dr. Allan Millett, and Hugh Ambrose. A "Meet the Speakers" reception is planned, including round table chats with speakers, book signings, and a special screening of Beyond All Boundaries, the Museum's new 4-D, multisensory film at the Solomon Victory Theater.

Conference tickets are now on sale and registration options include hotel and conference packages as well as one day passes to events. To register for the conference or for more information, visit www.ww2conference.com.

The National World War II 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.  Dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as America's National World War II Museum, it celebrates the American Spirit, the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifice of the men and women who fought on the battlefront and the Home Front. For more information, call 877-813-3329 or 504-528-1944 or visit www.nationalww2museum.org.

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