"World War II: Witnesses and Memory | Part 2: Witnessing the Outbreak"

Join us for Witnessing the Outbreak—an international debate and the next webinar in the World War II: Witnesses and Memory series, organized jointly by the Pilecki Institute and The National WWII Museum in New Orleans.

In this webinar, a panel of WWII historians and authors will analyze two different perspectives on the outbreak of the war—the European and the American. What were the consequences of the outbreak of the war? How did the American society perceive the Attack on Pearl Harbor? How should we talk about the outbreak of the war, taking into account our two different perspectives?

The panel, moderated by Dr. Robert Citino (The National WWII Museum in New Orleans), will feature Dr. Wojciech Kozłowski (Director of the Pilecki Institute), Richard Frank (WWII author and historian and Presidential Counselor to The National WWII Museum in New Orleans), and Roger Moorhouse (WWII author and historian).

The English-language webinar will be held on Zoom and livestreamed on the Pilecki Institute Facebook profile. Simultaneous translation into Polish will be available.

The program is free. To register, please click here. Please note the time on the registration page is Warsaw time as they are hosting this program.

The Panelists:

Wojciech Kozłowski, PhD

Wojciech Kozłowski is the director of the Pilecki Insti-tute, a research institution based in Warsaw, and the chief editor of its scholarly journal Totalitarian and 20th Century Studies. He holds a PhD in medieval studies from Central European University and an M.A. in history from the University of Warsaw. He was a fellow at the New Europe College and a visiting scholar at the Department of History at Harvard.

Richard Frank

Richard Frank is an internationally renowned expert on the Pacific War. After graduating from the University of Missouri, he was commissioned by the US Army, in which he served for nearly four years, including a tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam as an aero rifle platoon leader with the 101st Airborne Division. Frank completed studies at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. Soon afterwards he began research on his first book, Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of Landmark Campaign, which was published in 1990 and won the United States Marine Corps’ General Wallace M. Greene Award. His latest book, Tower of Skulls: A History of the Asia-Pacific War, Vol 1: July 1939-May 1942, was released in March 2020.

Roger Moorhouse

Roger Moorhouse is a historian specializing in Germany and Poland in World War II. He is the author of a number of books on the subject, including The Devils’ Alliance (2014), Berlin at War (2012) and the award-winning First to Fight (2019), a history of the September Campaign of 1939, which was published in Poland as Polska 1939. He is a visiting professor at the College of Europe in Natolin, Warsaw, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in London.

Robert Citino, PhD

Robert Citino is the Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy and the Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian at The National WWII Museum. Dr. Citino is an award-winning military historian and scholar who has published ten books including The Wehrmacht Retreats: Fighting a Lost War, 1943, Death of the Wehrmacht: The German Campaigns of 1942, and The German Way of War: From the Thirty Years' War to the Third Reich and numerous articles covering World War II and 20th century military history. He speaks widely and contributes regularly to general readership magazines such as World War II. Dr. Citino enjoys close ties with the US military establishment, and taught one year at the US Military Academy at West Point and two years at the US Army War College.

About the Pilecki Institute of Warsaw, Poland:

The Pilecki Institute is a modern scholarly institution engaged in a broad range of research, exhibitional, educational and cultural initiatives. “Called by the Name”, the Virtus et Fraternitas Medal, the Berlin exhibition devoted to Witold Pilecki, and the “Chronicles of Terror” are only some of its undertakings. Each of these projects, however, encourages a deeper reflection on the impact which the long-term criminal presence of German and Soviet totalitarianism had on Polish society and the Polish state. The mission of the Pilecki Institute also includes the organization of activities and events outside the borders of Poland, and therefore on 16 September 2018 we officially opened our branch in Berlin. This gives us the opportunity of developing cooperation with German institutions of culture and science, and improving the quality of archival research. Learn more.

For more information: instytutpileckiego.pl/en/instytut.

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM