World War II http://wamc.org en "Breaking The Code" At Barrington Stage http://wamc.org/post/breaking-code-barrington-stage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Breaking the Code</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> by Hugh </span>Whitemore<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is currently running on Barrington Stage Company’s </span>Boyd-Quinson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Mainstage<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in </span>Pittsfield<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, MA through August </span>2nd<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Starring Mark H. Dold and directed by Joe Calarco, <em>Breaking the Code</em> tells the true story of famed mathematician and computer science pioneer Alan Turing, who solved the German Enigma code during World War II, not knowing that, as a gay man, he’d fight a much harder personal battle at home.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 95408 at http://wamc.org "Breaking The Code" At Barrington Stage Little Known Holocaust Museum Keeps Doors Open In W. Mass. http://wamc.org/post/little-known-holocaust-museum-keeps-doors-open-w-mass <p>A little known Holocaust museum in North Adams, Massachusetts will be able to keep its doors open for the next six months thanks to a donation.</p><p>Darrell English marvels at the artifacts hanging on the walls in the 750-foot square room he rents each month.</p><p>“An American flag around the corner here,” English said. “It’s a 48-star American flag. Nothing unusual about that. Except what’s stenciled on it. Which is a Nazi eagle.”</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:26:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 92474 at http://wamc.org Little Known Holocaust Museum Keeps Doors Open In W. Mass. "A Higher Call" By Adam Makos http://wamc.org/post/higher-call-adam-makos <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Four days before Christmas 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly, a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail—a German fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber in the squeeze of a trigger. What happened next would defy imagination and later be called the most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II.</p><p>This is the true story of the two pilots whose lives collided in the skies that day—the American—2nd Lieutenant Charlie Brown, a former farm boy from West Virginia who came to captain a B-17—and the German—2nd Lieutenant Franz Stigler, a former airline pilot from Bavaria who sought to avoid fighting in World War II.</p><p>The story is told in historian Adam Makos’ new book - <em>A Higher Call</em> - that follows both Charlie and Franz’s harrowing missions.</p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 89874 at http://wamc.org "A Higher Call" By Adam Makos WW II Fighter Ace From Massachusetts Dies http://wamc.org/post/ww-ii-fighter-ace-massachusetts-dies <p>James Goodson, a decorated World War II fighter pilot and former prisoner of war, who went on to a successful post-war business career, has died.</p><p>Goodson died Thursday at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth after a bout with pneumonia, according to his son, James Goodson Jr. He was 93.</p><p>The New York City native and Duxbury resident started fighting the Nazis even before the U.S. entered the war, flying Hurricanes and Spitfires as a member of a Royal Air Force American volunteer Eagle Squadron.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 02:32:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 89514 at http://wamc.org WW II Fighter Ace From Massachusetts Dies Mass. Veteran Gets Dog Tag He Lost 70 Years Ago http://wamc.org/post/mass-veteran-gets-dog-tag-he-lost-70-years-ago <p>A dog tag a Massachusetts man lost as he stormed ashore at Anzio during the Allied invasion of Italy in 1944 has finally been returned, 70 years later.</p><p>World War II Army veteran Alfred Cabral received the weathered scrap of copper-nickel alloy during an emotional ceremony at a Worcester nursing home last weekend.</p><p>The now 88-year-old Cabral quivered and tears rose in his eyes as he received the identification tag.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 85525 at http://wamc.org Mass. Veteran Gets Dog Tag He Lost 70 Years Ago "The Girls of Atomic City" By Denise Kiernan http://wamc.org/post/girls-atomic-city-denise-kiernan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Girls of Atomic City</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> rescues a remarkable, forgotten chapter of American history from obscurity. Denise </span>Kiernan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> captures the spirit of the times through these women: their pluck, their desire to contribute, and their enduring courage.</span></p><p>At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians--many of them young women from small towns across the South--were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains. That is, until the end of the war--when Oak Ridge's secret was revealed.</p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 65412 at http://wamc.org "The Girls of Atomic City" By Denise Kiernan "Jacob's Oath" By Martin Fletcher http://wamc.org/post/jacobs-oath-martin-fletcher <p></p><p><a href="http://www.martinfletcher.com" style="line-height: 1.5;">Martin Fletcher</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been called the gold standard of TV war correspondents and is rapidly building a new reputation as an author. He has won almost every award in television journalism, including 5 </span>Emmys<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>His latest novel is <em>Jacob's Oath</em>. As World War II comes to a close, Europe’s roads are clogged with 20 million exhausted refugees walking home. Among them are Jacob and Sarah, lonely holocaust survivors who meet in Huddle berg. Jacob is consumed with hatred and cannot rest until he kills his brother’s murderer, a concentration camp guard.</p><p>He must now choose between revenge and love, and avenging the past and building a new future.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 77004 at http://wamc.org "Jacob's Oath" By Martin Fletcher HV Congressman To Present Medals To WWII Veteran http://wamc.org/post/hv-congressman-present-medals-wwii-veteran <p>A New York congressman will present Army medals to a World War Two veteran in Dutchess County Wednesday afternoon.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 17:33:06 +0000 Allison Dunne 68428 at http://wamc.org Listener Essay - Manuel Bromberg http://wamc.org/post/listener-essay-manuel-bromberg <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Jeanne Hunter shares part of the life story of Manuel Bromberg.</p><p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:50:00 +0000 Jeanne Hunter 67349 at http://wamc.org "Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis" by Robert Edsel http://wamc.org/post/saving-italy-race-rescue-nations-treasures-nazis-robert-edsel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>When Hitler’s armies occupied Italy in 1943, they also seized control of mankind’s greatest cultural treasures. A<span style="line-height: 1.5;">s they had done throughout Europe, the Nazis could now plunder the masterpieces of the Renaissance, the treasures of the Vatican, and the antiquities of the Roman Empire.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Robert Edsel&nbsp;joins us to talk about the efforts to save Italy’s great artistic treasures from the Nazis.&nbsp;</p><p>His book is <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0393082415/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0393082415&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0393082415" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em>.</p><p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 67019 at http://wamc.org "Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis" by Robert Edsel