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World War II

Acacia Theatre’s revised version of The Hiding Place is a must-see event for those who need inspiration on how common people rise to the occasion and do the most uncommon things. more

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Based on original unexpunged sources, Russian historian Sergey Yarov’s Leningrad 1941-42: Morality in a City Under Siege is a disturbing examination of humanity under duress. more

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Birmingham-Southern College history professor Randall D. Law has written a thought-provoking history and states that terrorism has been around as long as civilization, even if the means and ends have changed. more

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Ezra Pound, one of 20th century America's greatest poets, was also a Fascist. He ducked treason charges (and a possible death penalty) by pleading insanity. The Bughouse explores his years in the asylum and the many writers who visited him. more

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The Shepherd Express shares with its readers Paul Rosenberg’s top-10 list of the most underreported and ignored major news stories of 2017. more

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In her new book, Destination Casablanca, Meredith Hindley explores the real city behind the classic film. more

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Dunkirk is a World War II movie unlike any other. British writer-director Christopher Nolan turns away from the form and content that had preoccupied him in recent years, and embraces an inspiring episode from his nation’s history, skillful... more

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A hundred years ago thissummer, the United States mobilized industry and manpower—and the power ofwomen to fill men’s places on the home front—as the nation prepared to go towar. It wasn’t just any old oversees campaign. Pres. Woodrow Wi.. more

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The African American performer Josephine Baker led a remarkable life, amply transcribed and pictured in a thick new graphic biography, Josephine Baker, by writer Jose-Luis Bocquet and illustrator Catel Muller. more

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Filmed in appropriately dim shades of winter, The Innocents is a beautifully acted story of the many ways devotion can be expressed in times of great trouble. Although set in Poland in the months after World War II, the film shares somethin... more

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In Mussolini’s Army in the French Riviera: Italy’s Occupation of France, Emanuele Sica from Canada’s Royal Military College examines Italy’s World War II adventure in France and finds an army whose men were eager to fraternize with the nati... more

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Renaissance Theaterworks and the Marquette University Theatre Department are staging Phylis Ravel’s acclaimed Censored on Final Approach, the still little-known story of Women Airforce Service Pilots in World War II. more

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The Jewish Museum Milwaukee displays “Arthur Szyk: The Art of Illumination” through May 15. more

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Marquette Theatre’s season gets off to a fantastic start with Loose Lips Sink Ships, a musical by Jacinda Duffin and Laurie Flanigan Hegge that features songs by Marquette’s James Kaplan. more

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New book on the battle of Stalingrad draws from eyewitness accounts. more

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Angelina Jolie’s second film, Unbroken, as a director is based on the biography of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete and World War II veteran. more

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A new, moving World War II novel with connections to Wisconsin tells the little-known story of German refugees who, on Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s orders, sailed to New York to escape the repressive Nazi regime. Safe Haven, the third book i... more

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The raw and brutal experiences of war undoubtedly change people, and for Desa Jovanovic, the lead character in Miki Knezevic’s gripping historical novel Behind God’s Back, it is the decision to become a healer that forever changes the cours... more

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Sixty-nine years after the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he remains one of America’s most influential and respected presidents. While leading the country through the Great Depression, the New Deal and World War II, Roosevelt remained a st... more

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Mark Harris’ terrific new book Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War (Penguin Press) explores how a handful of Hollywood’s most prominent directors put lucrative careers on hold to take part in World War II. The unit... more

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