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G. Kurt Piehler to Present ‘World War II: A Religious War?’ as FAU Libraries’ K. Frank and Rita Korf Lecture

WHAT:                Dr. G. Kurt Piehler, professor of history
                             at the University of Tennessee, will deliver
                             a lecture titled “World War II: A Religious
                             War?” as Florida Atlantic University Libraries’
                             fifth biennial K. Frank and Rita Korf Lecture.

               Thursday, March 18, at 3:30 p.m.

           Florida Atlantic University

                             Wimberly Library

                             Fifth Floor East

                             777 Glades Road          
                             Boca Raton, FL 33431

                 Free and open to the public. No reservations.
                             Seating is limited.

        Call Sara Landset at 561-297-3921, visit

            Dr. G. Kurt Piehler, author of Remembering War the American Way and World War II in the American Soldiers’ Lives Series, will lecture on his research on Franklin D. Roosevelt’s attempt to bring religious leaders into the war effort. Piehler concludes that Roosevelt, in making the case for war prior to Pearl Harbor, argued that Nazi Germany threatened American national security and sought to snuff out religion. He argues that the Roosevelt administration and the American military extolled the values of religious belief and practice, as well as implemented policies that stressed ecumenicalism and tolerance on the armed forces. Piehler is founding director of the Rutgers Oral History Archives of World War II.

            The Korfs donated their papers and memorabilia to FAU Libraries in 1999, and also created the K. Frank and Rita Korf Collection Endowed Fund, which provides money for scholars to come to FAU and deliver a lecture on an area of research important to Kurt Frank Korf. Among those topics are World War II, Germany in the 1920s and 1930s, and German immigration to the United States.


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