Why North Africa? An American Invasion

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Date(s) - Thursday, October 19, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


Public Program United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

In November 1942, US troops stormed the beaches of Algeria and Morocco in Operation Torch, the first American offensive of World War II. Military leaders learned important lessons from the North African campaign, which later shaped their approach to liberating Europe.
In this program, scholars will discuss the power grabs, plot twists, and diplomatic intrigue that heightened the importance of a victory in North Africa. They also will present insights gleaned from newly discovered documents about Jewish resistance and the fate of the Jewish communities.


Dr. Edna Friedberg, Historian, US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Dr. Meredith Hindley, historian and author of “Destination Casablanca: Exile, Espionage, and the Battle for North Africa in World War II”

Dr. Robert Satloff, Executive Director, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and author of “Among the Righteous: Lost Stories from the Holocaust’s Long Reach into Arab Lands”

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Image: American troops parade through Casablanca, Morocco, in November 1942. Centre des Archives Diplomatiques de Nantes