Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Susan Medler
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"Riveting" AP Photo Exhibit to Open
at Truman Library on Veterans Day 2008

"You had the same fears as the GIs, but you had to think about the picture.
My camera was my shield." AP Photojournalist Max Desfor, Battle of Okinawa

INDEPENDENCE, MO-The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum will present the special exhibit Memories of World War II: Photographs from the Archives of The Associated Press beginning Veterans Day 2008 (Nov. 11) and running through January 11, 2009.

Memories of World War II features a spectrum of 126 photos from all theaters of the war and the home front, ranging from AP photographer Joe Rosenthal's classic Iwo Jima flag raising in 1945 to scores of pictures not seen in decades.

"As far as we know, all of the pictures were transmitted at some time on AP wires, but some probably [had] not been touched since the war," said Charles Zoeller, chief of AP's vast photo library and curator of the exhibit and accompanying book."

The images show a range of moments, from the poignant to the powerful, including German children drilling for war in gas masks, a stoic paratrooper preparing to jump over Normandy, the brutal island battles of the Pacific, the internment of Japanese Americans back home, the devastation across Europe, and the thrill of victory.

"Our objective was to bring back the immense scope as well as the individual tragedy and challenge of World War II," said Zoeller. "We wanted to create a photographic record that allows a younger generation to better understand the sacrifices made by men, women and children in all the nations touched by the war."

In the exhibit, familiar scenes of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, along with British and American troops hitting Normandy beaches on D-Day and marching through newly liberated Paris, are juxtaposed with hidden surprises sure to evoke strong memories among those from "the greatest generation." There are photographs of Hitler and Mussolini at the peak of fascist power, Winston Churchill in unmistakable silhouette, actor James Stewart being inducted into the military, Nazi SS troops herding defiant Jews after the Warsaw Ghetto uprising of 1943, and Russian women laying flowers at the feet of four dead GIs who helped liberate them from a slave labor camp. CNN called the exhibit "riveting."

In the forward to the accompanying book, former U.S. Senator Bob Dole asserts that the photos have even greater impact because they are black-and-white. "The causes and objectives of the United States and our Allies in World War II were just that, black and white, good against evil," wrote Dole, who was severely wounded in Italy in 1945. For "the postwar generations, who know the war only as distant history, these images will serve as a record of a shared and shaping era in our nation's history."

Admission, Hours & Additional Information

Memories of World War II is included with Museum admission, which is free for children 5 and under, $3 for youths 6-15, $8 for adults, and $7 for senior adults 65 and older. To schedule group visits of this and the permanent exhibits of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, please call (816) 268-8221. For all other information, call (800) 833-1225 or visit www.trumanlibrary.org.

The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Located at 24 Highway and Delaware in historic Independence, Missouri-just 20 minutes from downtown Kansas City-the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum is one of 12 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is supported, in part, by the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, the not-for-profit partner of the Truman Library. The Institute seeks to promote, through educational and community programs, a greater appreciation and understanding of American politics, history and culture, the process of governance, and the importance of public service, as exemplified by Harry S. Truman. To learn more, visit TrumanLibrary.org.

Veterans Day Weekend 2008

Eyewitness Panel: Memories of WWII
Friday, Nov. 7, 2008
7 p.m., Truman Library | Whistle Stop Room

Join us for an intimate discussion with a panel of U.S. veterans of World War II and with Dorinda Makanaonalani Nicholson, author of Pearl Harbor Child: A Child's View of Pearl Harbor from Attack to Peace, the first civilian personal account of the attack through the eyes of a child. Free admission; please use Special Events Entrance on east side of complex.

MEMBERS ONLY - Through the Lens
Exhibit Preview and Program with AP Photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus
Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008

Members won't want to miss this powerful program, paired with a private preview of the temporary exhibit, Memories of World War II. Pulitzer Prize winner Anja Niedringhaus will share her firsthand account as an AP photojournalist working in a war zone. Just back from Afghanistan, her program will feature a slideshow of more than 200 images from the war there and in Iraq, as well as the 2003 invasion of Fallujah. This program is offered to members of the Truman Library Institute. To inquire about becoming a member, please call (816) 268-8237.

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008

In honor of their service to our nation, veterans of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces are offered free museum admission on Veterans Day. Admission includes permanent exhibits, Memories of World War II, theaters, Museum Store, and special programming. The Dallas Morning News hailed the museum as America's "best presidential museum."


Memories of World War II: Photos from the Archives of The Associated Press
Opens Veterans Day: Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008

More than 120 images in this exhibit, by turns grim and glorious, comprise a unique documentary record of the war. See a panorama of events from the rise of Hitler and the invasion of Poland to the dropping of the atomic bombs and the surrender of Japan.

Musical Memories of World War II
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008
10 a.m., Truman Library | Francis Families Theater

Michael Lasser, long-time host of the nationally syndicated public radio program "Fascinatin' Rhythm," will be on hand to offer his sparkling commentary on the history and themes of American popular music from World War II. Presented in conjunction with the temporary exhibit, Memories of World War II. This program is included with regular Museum admission.


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