Press Release

The National WWII Museum Announces 10th International Conference on World War II

2017 Conference to address Museum’s mission statement: why the war was fought, how it was won and what it means today

NEW ORLEANS (April 11, 2017) — The National WWII Museum is proud to announce the 10th International Conference on World War II. Presented by the Pritzker Military Museum & Library and the Pritzker Military Foundation, the Conference takes place annually in New Orleans and features the world’s foremost WWII historians in discussions concerning battles, leaders and pivotal moments that shaped World War II. This year’s topics include: The Anglo-American Alliance, The Wehrmacht’s Last Stand, Dunkirk, MacArthur and Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich.

The leading gathering of WWII educators, authors, students and enthusiasts, the 2017 International Conference will feature presentations and discussions from crowd-favorites Rick Atkinson, Robert Citino, Conrad Crane, Richard Frank, Donald L. Miller, Alexandra Richie and Gerhard Weinberg. These renowned historians will be joined by prestigious scholars making their first Conference appearance, including Sir Richard Evans, Richard Overy and James Holland.

“The International Conference on World War II has been one of the most well-attended highlights on the Museum’s very busy calendar,” said Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller, PhD, president and CEO of the Museum. “Moving forward, the Conference theme will simply be ‘World War II.’ This general focus will allow us to incorporate the freshest research and newest works into our audience, while continuing to bring the biggest and best-known names in the field to the Museum.”

As in recent years, a daylong single-topic symposium exclusive to Conference attendees will precede the main event. This year’s symposium theme “Hitler in History” is focused on Adolf Hitler—how he came to power and the hell he unleashed on the world. Other symposium presentations will explore satirical depictions of Hitler and assassination plots against him. The day will conclude with the Conference’s opening keynote, for which the Museum’s Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian, Robert M. Citino, PhD, will present on the themes explored in his new book, “The Wehrmacht’s Last Stand: The German Campaigns of 1944–1945.”

A great new feature of this year’s Conference will be an evening open house and reception at the Museum, during which the entire campus will be available for after-hours touring. Conference attendees will get the exclusive-access opportunity to explore the Museum’s exhibits, including a new permanent addition to the Museum’s WWII narrative, The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George R. Brown Salute to the Home Front.

The International Conference on World War II will take place in New Orleans from November 16 through 18. For more information, or to register for the Conference and/or Symposium, visit or call 504-528-1944 ext 511.

The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today. Dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as America's National WWII Museum, it celebrates the American Spirit, teamwork, optimism, courage, and sacrifice of the men and women who served on the battlefront and the Home Front. For more information, call 877-813-3329 or 504-528-1944 or visit Follow us on Twitter at WWIImuseum or on Facebook.