Friends of the National World War II Memorial presents a Monthly Conference Series to learn more about the spirit of unity and shared purpose that defined the character of our country during World War II. This series of monthly half-day virtual conferences features discussions with WWII veterans, war orphans, and published authors. Register today for free to join this unique digital experience.
October - March
Third Saturday Monthly
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET
Sam Tannenbaum is a Descendent Member of the 83rd Infantry Division Association, the sole surviving son of Private Henry I. Tannenbaum, who was killed in action during the Battle of the Bulge. Sam is a retired Certified Fund Raising Executive. He was previously employed as an adjunct professor, author, business owner, government administrator, grant writer, longshoreman, and teacher of scriptural studies.
In this presentation, Sam discusses the odyssey of a WWII war orphan and what he learned about the death and life of his father.
Rolland E. Kidder is an American politician and author from New York State. Born in Jamestown, New York, Kidder served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. Kidder graduated from Houghton College and SUNY Buffalo Law School. He later served on the American Battle Monuments Commission and the National World War II Memorial Design Committee.
Learn about the creation of the National World War II Memorial through Rolland's experiences with the American Battle Monuments Commission, Haydn Williams, and the Site and Design Committee.
Retired Army Colonel Frank Cohn was born in Breslau, Germany in 1925 and escaped to the U.S. with his parents at the age of 13. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943 and served in the European Theater of Operations during the Battle of the Bulge and later met the Soviets at the Elbe River. During the subsequent Occupation, he served as Sergeant of the Guard at Obersursel guarding the war criminals tried in the 2nd Nuremberg trial and shipping documents back to the States for examination in support of war crime prosecutions. He currently lives in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
The Friends of the National World War II Memorial’s education programs are generously supported by the Jack C. Taylor / Enterprise Rent-A-Car WWII Memorial Education Endowment and the U.S. Department of Defense.