Monthly Conference Series

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, published authors, and other experts. New York Times best-selling author and Friends' Resident Historian Alex Kershaw moderates the discussions after each presentation.

Register today, for free, to join this unique digital experience.

October - March
Third Saturday Monthly
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET

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Saturday, January 21

The Asia-Pacific War and the Japanese-American experience.

10:00AM to 10:55AM (ET)
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The Lighthouse of Stalingrad

Iain MacGregor

This talk focuses on one of the greatest battles of WWII on the Eastern Front - Stalingrad - that arguably turned the tide of war in the Soviet Union's favor in the winter of 1942-43. MacGregor delves into the many myths of this iconic campaign to shed light on one legend constructed by Soviet propaganda that held firm until now and is made more relevant with Putin's war in Ukraine.

Iain MacGregor is a respected publisher of three decades having published books with William Taubman, Stephen Ambrose, Max Hastings and Simon Schama to name a few. He is a trained historian, a fellow of the Royal Historical Society in London, a well-reviewed writer and a much sought after public speaker.

11:00AM to 11:55AM (ET)
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A Discussion with WWII Veteran Jeff Donahue

Raised in Danbury, CT, Jeff Donahue will tell you that he didn't even know where Pearl Harbor was located when it was attacked on December 7th. Shortly thereafter, he and a few friends signed up to be naval aviators. He was the only one in the group to earn his wings. Following his training in Pensacola, he was assigned to the USS Salamaua. Jeff remained in active reserve following World War II. He was called up during the Korean conflict and returned to Pensacola where he served as a flight instructor. Jeff will turn 100 next May.

12:00PM to 1:00PM (ET)
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Shot Down: The True Story of Pilot Howard Snyder and the Crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth

Steve Snyder

Steve Snyder is an author, a board member and past president of the 306th Bomb Group Historical Association and a board member of the 8th Air Force Historical Society.

In this presentation, Steve tells the story of his father, Howard Snyder, becoming a B-17 pilot, enduring the dangers of flying combat missions, being shot down over Belgium, being hidden by the Belgian Underground, and fighting with the French Resistance.

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