Tanja Spitzer presents "Democracy on a Dial: American Forces Network in Europe"
As an audible link to home, the American Forces Network (AFN) got started in 1943 to provide American GIs stationed in Europe with music, sports, and familiar voices to combat homesickness and provide a distraction from the war effort. Radio shows like Duffle Bag, Mail Call, and GI Jive followed them all the way "on the road to Berlin" as AFN declared after D-Day. Soldier-DJs broadcasting from London, Paris, and via mobile stations, brought music and news to their fellow Americans and anyone else who dialed in! Hear Tanja Spitzer, Project Manager of the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy, discuss AFN, how it shaped the American experience in World War II, and affected its unintended "shadow audience."
Dinner with a Curator is an evening of dinner and history hosted by The American Sector Restaurant & Bar culinary team and The National WWII Museum professionals. Guests participate in a discussion on a featured topic related to World War II interpreted through the Museum's collection as well as a theme-inspired four-course dinner paired with beverage specials.