World War II is arguably the most tragic episode in human history. The six year war began in Europe but soon spread to all corners of the globe with countless men, women, and children affected by the struggle. Millions were killed on the battlefield, in the air, and on the sea. And as everyone knows, an estimated 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazi's in accordance with Hitler's master plan to exterminate their entire race.
The chronology is well known, but during a war this complex and lengthy, there are many surprising and sometimes shocking incidents that occurred that are less well known - especially during the final chaotic days of the conflict. This lecture will explore the desperate and bizarre actions of the Nazis at the end of the war and the challenges confronting the allies in rescuing Holocaust prisoners, as well as the difficulties historians face in uncovering and making sense of such stories and the role of government in declassifying war documents.
RobertWatson is the Distinguished Professor of American History at Lynn University. Afrequent media commentator, he has been interviewed by CNN, MSNBC, "Time," "USAToday," "The New York Times," and the BBC and others, and has appeared on C-SPAN's"Book TV," "Hardball with Chris Matthews," and "The Daily Show with JonStewart."