Become part of the real history of our time by viewing existing locales where history happened.
For decades, journalist and historian Jerome M. O’Connor, a long-term presenter at Harper, has researched, entered, and reported on the most important places of the 20th Century for major publications. Named “Author of the Year” by the U.S. Naval Institute, he will preview parts of his new book, to be premiered at these classes.
In the first class, enter the unchanged mansion in Portsmouth, England where, under great stress, General Eisenhower made the decision of the century – the invasion of Europe. Also learn the unknown story of Winston Churchill’s Cabinet War Rooms from the journalist who first revealed them in 1977 in the Chicago Tribune.
The second class will view the surprisingly intact remains of former air bases in England from where the Eighth Air Force launched thousands of daring attacks against Nazi Germany. Enter the mansion where 63 captured German generals were confined in near luxury and learn the reason. Also see mammoth existing buildings in Nuremberg and Berlin then and now and learn how the regime glorified itself.
All of this and much more will be in O’Connor’s book, his first, already being considered for a documentary, to be released near the 75th anniversary of the end of WW II in 2020. Limited seating. Register soon!
Register online or by calling 847.925.6300.
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