Sunday, July 26, 2 pm: Mills College history professor emeritus and 40-year Institute member Bert Gordon presented “Exploring the Links between Tourism and War, based on the research for Bert’s most recent book, War Tourism: Second World War France from Defeat and Occupation to the Creation of Heritage, and informed by his more than four decades of research on the war in France.
“As German troops entered Paris following their victory in June 1940, the American journalist William L. Shirer observed that they carried cameras and behaved as ‘naïve tourists,'” Bert notes. “One of the first things Hitler did after his victory was to tour occupied Paris, where he was famously photographed in front of the Eiffel Tower.” Bert will discuss how wartime tourism by French civilians and German military and civil personnel, as well as memory tourism since, has helped visitors place their experiences and understanding of the combat, and its effects, into conceptions they brought with them from peacetime.
Be there! (from precisely where are you right now, or maybe a room over). Show your appreciation to Bert, who has been sharing his knowledge and insights through Institute presentations since his “Food History Research” in 1982. Explore new vistas at the frontier of war history and travel. Check out fellow-members’ hair and lighting.