This month, the nation and world will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day, the day in which Imperial Japan surrendered and effectively bringing WWII to an end. To mark this milestone, Heritage Frederick will host a virtual talk by Jared Frederick just a few days earlier, on August 12 at 7:00 p.m. Jared will discuss his book entitled “Dispatches of D-Day: A People’s History of the Normandy Invasion.”
Flashback to Spring 1944. The world held its breath as hundreds of thousands of Allied combatants leapt across the English Channel in the largest amphibious operation of the Second World War. The epic of the Normandy invasion, legendary in myth and astounding in scope, comes to life as Jared resurrects long-forgotten tales of individual struggle, sacrifice, and community. Unearthing hundreds of accounts from period newspapers, he revives the lost voices of the momentous struggle to liberate Western Europe from Nazi tyranny.
In a rare form of engaging scholarship, Jared paints an eloquently moving portrait of the soldiers and home front civilians who were dramatically affected by what Dwight Eisenhower called “the great crusade.” Among those personalities were the intrepid correspondents who demonstrated the meaningful significance of the free press in wartime. In this sweeping narrative, readers embark upon a journey between the lines as the powerful saga of D-Day experience unfolds with insightful interpretation and profoundly enduring lessons. In his presentation, Jared will share some local stories as well.
This program is part of the new Heritage Frederick At Home series, launched by the organization in order to provide virtual programming that bridges the past to the future. The lecture is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Signed copies of the book can be ordered at http://historymatters.biz/.