The 6th of June 2004 will mark the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Army's landing at Normandy--and thus, ultimately, the destruction of Hitler's cynical, deadly dictatorship and military adventurism. And, of course, in this time of war and the threat of war, of terrorism and hyper-patriotism, issues recurrent between--say--1933 and 1948 are regrettably timely.
What could be more appropriate than the gathering of experts and educators, historians and hobbyists to examine all aspects of World War II--which really began long before 1939/1941 and lingered on, in new forms, until 1989/1991? We at TRACES also are pleased that what till now has been a conference focused on the POWs of all sides, on all continents during WWII, as of the 2004 sessions will grow into an inclusive survey of yet more populations and issues: Jews, refugees, internees, soldiers, displaced persons... politicians, spies, scientists, intellectuals, artists, religious figures... the European and Asian theaters, the U.S. home front... camps in Australia, internment in Africa, skirmishes in South Asia... the migration of African-American workers from the Deep South to the industrial North and of U.S. women from the hearth to the work-world beyond the home... the loss of some 60 million people and the hope of a new world order...
We are calling for presentation proposals now through Easter 2004; by May 1st a concrete schedule will have emerged. About 150 spaces will be available for individuals interested in attending. We look forward to having you join us--either as a presenter or simply as an audience participant.
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