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Symposium Marking the 60th Anniversary of the End of World War II

Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, DC [ view floor plan ]

Cosponsored by the Library of Congress Veterans History Project and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
[ read news release ]

To reserve a seat:
The event, which is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, and reservations are required; they may be made by calling (202) 707-6179. Reserved seats must be claimed at least 10 minutes before the start of the program, after which standbys will be admitted to unclaimed seats.

Panelists to Give Eyewitness Accounts of Their Experiences

Thursday, May 26, 2005 from 1:30pm - 5:30pm
A Reception to Follow


1:30pm - Keynote Address by Benjamin Ferencz

Image of Benjamin FerenczMr. Ferencz was an Army officer who served as prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials. A lawyer, author and lecturer, Ferencz has spent his career advocating steps to replace “the rule of force with the rule of law” and exploring the issues of international criminal justice and world peace.

2:00pm - Eyewitnesses

Images of John Dolibois, John A. Glusman, Art Buchwald, and Yeiichi KuwayamaPANEL:

  • Art Buchwald, syndicated columnist and World War II veteran
  • John Dolibois, last surviving interrogator, Nuremberg War Crimes Trails
  • Yeiichi "Kelly" Kuwayama, WWII veteran, 442nd Division, U.S. Army
  • John A. Glusman, author “Conduct Under Fire”


  • Tom Wiener, Historian, Veterans History Project

    Tom Wiener, historian for the Veterans History Project and compiler of the recently published book “Voices of War,” will moderate the first panel of eyewitnesses to events at the end of the war. Panelists are Art Buchwald, nationally syndicated columnist and a World War II Marine veteran; John Dolibois, the last surviving American interrogator from the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials; Yeiichi “Kelly” Kuwayama, a Japanese American who served in the U.S. Army’s famed 442nd Division, the “Go for Broke” unit, which received more decorations than any other for their valor in the war’s European Theater; and John Glusman, author of “Conduct Under Fire,” a new book about his father’s experiences as a prisoner of war of the Japanese.

4:00pm - Historical Perspective

Images of Jon Meacham, James Hershberg, Klaus Larres and Prosser GiffordPANEL:

  • Klaus Larres, author, “Churchill’s Cold War”
  • James Hershberg, Professor of History, George Washington University
  • Jon Meacham, Managing Editor, Newsweek, and author, “Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait”
  • Elizabeth B. White, Deputy Director and Chief Historian, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Special Investigations
  • Peter Black, Senior Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


  • Prosser Gifford, Panel Moderator, Director of Scholarly Programs, Library of Congress

    Prosser Gifford, director of Scholarly Programs at the Library of Congress, will moderate the second panel, which focuses on a historical perspective of the events surrounding the end of the war. Panelists include Klaus Larres, former Kissinger Scholar in the Library’s John W. Kluge Center and author of “Churchill’s Cold War”; James Hershberg, professor of history at George Washington University; Jon Meacham, managing editor of Newsweek and author of “Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait”; Elizabeth B. White, deputy director and chief historian, Office of Special Investigations, Department of Justice; and Peter Black, senior historian at the Holocaust Museum.

5:30pm - Reception in the Whittall Pavilion

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is the national institution for Holocaust education and remembrance. A public-private partnership, the museum brings the history and lessons of the Holocaust to Americans and other visitors through educational outreach, teacher training, traveling exhibitions and scholarship. Since its dedication in April 1993, the museum has welcomed almost 22 million visitors, including more than 7 million children. For more information, visit the museum’s Web site, www.ushmm.org.

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