Sound of History – Part 3: WWII – Surprising Stories You Never Learned in History Class (NYC)

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Music and history illuminate each other in this brand new series pairing fascinating presentations on important moments in U.S. history followed by performances of notable musical works from those periods with talented students from The Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School.

Individual classes start at $95 and the entire series can be purchased for only $159.

PART 1: THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION – Inside the Minds of the Founding Fathers

May 7 | 7:30 pm

PART 2: JAZZ- Origins of an American Sound

June 4 | 2:00 pm

PART 3: WORLD WAR II – Surprising Stories you Never Learned in History Class

June 16 | 7:30 pm



7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
WWII: Surprising Stories You Never Learned in History Class

Robert Watson / Lynn University

World War II is arguably the most tragic episode in human history. The six year war began in Europe but soon spread to all corners of the globe with countless men, women, and children affected by the struggle. Millions were killed on the battlefield, in the air, and on the sea. And as everyone knows, an estimated 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazi's in accordance with Hitler's master plan to exterminate their entire race.

The chronology is well known, but during a war this complex and lengthy, there are many surprising and sometimes shocking incidents that occurred that are less well known – especially during the final chaotic days of the conflict. This lecture will explore the desperate and bizarre actions of the Nazis at the end of the war and the challenges confronting the allies in rescuing Holocaust prisoners, as well as the difficulties historians face in uncovering and making sense of such stories and the role of government in declassifying war documents.

Robert Watson / Lynn University

Robert Watson is the Distinguished Professor of American History at Lynn University. A frequent media commentator, he has been interviewed by CNN, MSNBC, “Time,” “USA Today,” “The New York Times,” and the BBC and others, and has appeared on C-SPAN’s “Book TV,” “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” He has received multiple Professor of the Year awards at Lynn and other universities, and published 40 books on topics in history and politics. His book “America’s First Crisis” won the book of the year award in history at the Independent Publishers’ awards and his book “The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn” won the Commodore Barry Book Award.