WW II History Programs at the Bristol Public Library

November 1: Afternoon Movie: Churchill  1:00 PM
Tensions mount for the beleaguered British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the days leading up to Allied D-Day landings in Normandy. Fearful of repeating his deadly mistakes from World War I in the Battle of Gallipoli, exhausted by years of war, plagued by depression and obsessed with his historical destiny, Churchill is reluctant to embark on the large-scale campaign, one upon which the entire war effort hinges. Brian Cox, John Slattery, Miranda Richardson (2017) PG-13.
November 3:  This Business of Fighting: Putting a Human Face on WW II  1:00 PM
This Business of Fighting,” is a live performance story, based on Tony Pritchard’s letters to his parents in Rhode Island between his sailing for Europe in February 1944 and Germany’s surrender about fifteen months later.
You will hear a young man wonder how he will respond to his first combat, describe crawling through the freezing, snow-covered woods of the Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge, crowds of released forced laborers wandering the roads of Germany as the Nazi regime was collapsing, and women desperately trying to preserve their burning homes as the tide of battle washes over them.
The material for this performance was recovered from Tony’s footlocker after his death by his son Arnie Pritchard. Arnie now presents the incredible content of these letter and documents to us.
The Bristol History Room is a featuring a special exhibit, “Gold Star Tribute,” on loan from the Memorial Military Museum. The exhibit, honoring the memory of Bristol’s WWII Gold Star families, may be viewed during regular History Room hours.  The History Room will also be open Saturday, November 24th, 9:30 AM–11:30 AM.  No Charge. Information: (860) 584-7787 x 4.

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