NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The National WWII Museum announces Memory Wars: WWII at 75 and Beyond conference, a one-of-a-kind virtual event taking place March 24-26 that will examine the place of World War II in public memory and how historians, filmmakers, media, memorials and museums are helping to shape the legacy of global conflict. Recent events in Ukraine have demonstrated that the history and memory of World War II remains relevant today and that educational talks like this are more important than ever.
Memory Wars-hosted by the Museum’s Jenny Craig Institute for the Study of War and Democracy- is a three-day virtual conference that will bring together nearly 40 of the world’s foremost museum directors, historians, filmmakers and game producers. World War II during 14 informative sessions broadcast live for free. at the expense of registrants. Alongside Women’s History Month, the conference will also celebrate the permanent naming of the Museum’s Institute for the Study of War and Democracy in honor of Jenny Craig. An innovator, entrepreneur and trailblazer for women around the world, Craig grew up in New Orleans during World War II, with her two serving brothers, and generously dedicated her support to help advance programs, content and awareness of the Institute.
“This conference is more timely than ever due to recent events unfolding in Eastern Europe and the rhetoric of World War II being used on all sides,” said Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller, PhD, President. and Chief Executive Emeritus of the National Museum of the Second World War. “It behooves us as a society to discuss how the implications of World War II still reverberate in today’s political landscape as well as in today’s pop culture and to place World War II in context. appropriate, especially as this generation dies and we lose their first-hand accounts.
The opening session of the conference, featuring Playtone Executive and producer Kirk Saduski known for Band of brothers and The pacific mini-series, will discuss the role that movies and television have played in generating, shaping and altering popular memory of World War II, as well as the great lengths some productions go to to ensure the utmost historical accuracy and a sense of realism. In virtual sessions over the next two days, attendees will have the opportunity to hear historians debate the popular view of World War II as a “good war” for America and our allies, and the director of Respawn Entertainment’s gamer, Peter Hirschmann, discussing how video games are shaping the public’s view of WWII.
Memory Wars virtual conference sessions will also include:
“Life and Death Between Hitler and Stalin: Mass Murder and Memory in Eastern Europe”
World War II ravaged the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and the latter then suffered Soviet occupation for the next 50 years. This panel will compare and contrast the complex and often irreconcilable ways in which Eastern Europe and Russia remember the war.
- Media interviews available on demand with panelist Alexandra Richie, DPhil, Professor, Collegium Civitas
“Never Again? The Holocaust in Public Memory and Discourse”
This session will discuss how the Holocaust is commemorated today, by whom and for whom. How will its enduring relevance be maintained in public memory?
- Media interviews available on demand with panelist Sara J. Bloomfield, Director, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
“Day of Infamy – Public Memory of World War II in Japan and the United States” – A Conversation with Carol Gluck, PhD, Columbia University
America’s memory of war traditionally begins with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. This conversation will focus on how Japan waged all-out war against China from July 1937 to August 1945, and how its failure to escape the Chinese quagmire was the reason for Pearl Harbor in the first place. Gluck will also talk about the evolution of Japanese and Asian perspectives over the past 75 years.
- Media interviews available on request with session interviewer Rob Citino, PhD, Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian, The National WWII Museum
For the full conference program and list of speakers, visit ww2conference.com.
Thanks to our sponsors in attendance, the American Battle Monuments Commission, Electronic Arts, Respawn Entertainment and Oculus de Meta, this conference will be completely virtual and completely free. For more information or to register for free access to Memory Wars: WWII at 75 and Beyond conference, visit www.ww2conference.com.
The National Museum of the Second World War tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world– why it was fought, how it was won and what it means today – so that all generations understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn. Opened in 2000 as the National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as the American National World War II Museum, the institution celebrates the American spirit, teamwork, optimism, courage and the sacrifices of the men and women who fought on the front lines and served on the Home Front. For more information on New Orleans’ number 1 attraction on Tripadvisor, call 877-813-3329 or 504-528-1944 or visit nationalww2museum.org.