The video recording of Barbara Boyer's September lecture is now available on Youtube, thanks to Jasen Aziz and Ryan Sullivan, Sophomores at Millburn High School, who filmed and edited the lecture. Proceed to the video »
Harvey J. Kaye the Ben & Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Democracy and Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will speak about his book, The Fight For The Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great. Professor Kay is an award winning author of numerous books, including Thomas Paine and the Promise of America.
Harvey Kaye will talk about his award winning book, The Fight For The Four Freedoms-What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great. Steve Lomazow and John McLaughlin heard him speak at the FDR Library June 21, 2014. Describing the lecture as "spellbinding" may seem an exaggeration, but not in this case and Steve and John immediately booked Kaye to present for the Book Club. Harvey asked them what he should talk about and they both said, "...just repeat what you said today, and don't change anything!"
Praise for the book has been forthcoming from many sources: Bill Moyers said he "...tells a spirited story...", and we agree. His book will be offered for sale and signature at the bargain price of $20.
Dues are now one price, $35 for the season, and this includes the entire family. For those who have not yet paid for this season, please pay by check made payable to the NJ World War II Book Club and mail to John McLaughlin at 10 Farmstead Road, Short Hills, New Jersey 07078.
Barbara Boyer's topic for the September 16 meeting is the little known but profoundly disturbing book by Peter
Williams and David Wallace, Unit 731: Japan's Secret Biological Warfare
in World War II.
World War II Japanese scientists, with full knowledge and approval of
their superiors, secretly carried on a series of cruel and painful
medical experiments on prisoners of war, such as injecting them with
deadly bacteria, subjecting them to oxygen deprivation, submersing them
in freezing water, operating on them without anesthesia and much more,
all in an effort to determine the outside limits of human endurance.
Thousands died from these callous experiments, yet the persons
responsible were never punished after the war. Barbara will tell of of
the secret agreement made between those responsible for these inhuman
acts of torture and the Allies, and the reasons for the suppression of
this story of man's inhumanity to man, and its legacy.
Ms. Boyer is currently a teacher at South
Plainfield High School. A summa cum laude graduate of Rider
University, she holds a Master's Degree in Spanish Linguistics from Penn
State and a second Masters Degree from Kean University. Barbara
has a keen interest in Asian history and in the summer of 2012 she
traveled to China on a scholarship to study Chinese history, specifically focusing on China and Japan during World War II.
The video recording of Richard Breitman's May lecture is now available on Youtube, thanks to Jasen Aziz and Ryan Sullivan, Sophomores at Millburn High School, who filmed and edited the lecture. Proceed to the video »
The next lecture will be Monday, June 23, 7 p.m. at the Millburn Library.
Please note that the meeting is on MONDAY, instead of our usual Tuesday meeting, due to a scheduling conflict.
Be sure not to miss this lecture by Susan Butler, who will discuss her award winning book, My Dear Mr. Stalin - the first and only complete collection of correspondence between President Franklin Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin. The book will be available for purchase and signing.
This lecture will be the last of this season and the Book Club will reconvene on Tuesday, September 15, when Barbara Boyer will discuss Unit 731, the book about the infamous medical unit of the Japanese. During World War II, Unit 731 performed countless medical experiments on prisoners of war and as well as many civilians.
Please remember to come early, as the Glen Avenue bridge is still under repair and traffic in the area can be very heavy, particularly during the early evening hours.
Request for Contributions
In order for the Book Club to be able to attract top notch speakers, it must be able to cover the basic expenses of travel, hotel and meals, incurred by our speakers. In the past, a number of members have made generous contributions to do just that. Please reach out to Dr. John McLaughlin if you are able to make an additional contribution to the Book Club so that we can continue to attract the top notch speakers we have enjoyed in the past.
The next lecture will be Tuesday May 20, 2014, as usual, 7 p.m., Millburn Library. Be sure not to miss this lecture by Richard Breitman who will discuss his award winning book, FDR and the Jews. The book will be available for purchase and signing for $20.
We expect an overflow crowd so please come early, and remember that the Glen Avenue Bridge is still not repaired. Consequently, traffic in the area is very heavy during the early evening hours.
Request for Contributions In the past, a number of members have made generous contributions to help defray the expenses of travel, hotel, meals and other expenses of our speakers. For this we are grateful. We are not able to attract top notch speakers without the ability to cover expenses. We would be grateful if any our members would make an additional contribution for this purpose.