WW II Era Studies Institute

The Institute is dedicated to stimulating and fostering the study of the historical, political, social, economic and military aspects of World War II in order to provide an understanding of the impact of the war on world history and help future generations avoid armed conflict in the resolution of global problems. The institute is a resource open to all. It educates the community about key events of WW II, the political and military leaders who waged the war and made peace, and those who served on the battlefield as well as on the home front. The ultimate goal of the Institute is to utilize the lessons learned from World War II to prevent the recurrence of global armed conflict in a world of sovereign states with divergent interests, wants and needs.

Triumphant Spirit: America's WW II Generation Speaks

“Triumphant Spirit’ is a cable television series that features the stories of a generation that fought and won the Second World War. The series was produced by Brookdale Community College. Each interview can be seen via the Library of Congress and Youtube. Directed by Brian Hemstreet

The Institute Offers: Expert History Speakers

Presentations by knowledgeable speakers before organizations, clubs, school audiences. Seminars conducted by subject experts at locations desired by the host. Informative, educational trips for all ages conducted at home and abroad by tour guides. Guest speakers for public and private events & ceremonies.

Books by Paul Zigo, Director, World War II Era Studies Instititute

Purchase When Men Have To Die

“When Men Have To Die” is a revealing book about the fall of the Philippines to the Japanese in April 1942 and the subsequent Bataan Death March. It features the memoir of Army veteran Harry J. Whittinghill, one who was there and suffered afterwards as a Japanese prisoner of war for over three long years. The book is co-authored with Dr. John McLaughlin, former director of the NJ World War II Book Club and Marie Somers, retired Director of Communication for Information Technology at Seton Hall University.

Purchase The Longest Walk

This book details via narrative, photos and maps the story of the 29th Infantry Division from D-Day June 6, 1944 to the capture of St. Lo, France 40 agonizing days later - "the longest walk." The book features photos of the actual invasion, the story of what happened during the course of battle, and color photos of what the battlefield looks like today. It salutes the contribution of the Division to the Allied victory ultimately achieved on May 8, 1945.

Learn About Your Past With Paul Zigo

Programs are informative and educational presentations on a World War II era topic. One gains an understanding of not only what happened and most importantly why it happened. Ultimate goal is to further one’s knowledge of the topic’s impact on history and the world we live in today.

Upcoming Events

7:00 pm INVASION OF THE TARAWA ATOLL – S... @ Monmouth County Library Headquarters
INVASION OF THE TARAWA ATOLL – S... @ Monmouth County Library Headquarters
Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
A turning point is a point in a war or campaign where one combatant experiences a reversal in fortune. The combatant losses the initiative, suffers loss of freedom in a theater of war and the opponent assumes the offensive. A key turning point battle in the Pacific Campaign was the[...]
1:00 pm WORLD WAR II – THE 20TH CENTURY’... @ East Winsor Senior Center
WORLD WAR II – THE 20TH CENTURY’... @ East Winsor Senior Center
Sep 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
A presentation on the history of the World War II Era and its impact on world history. WW II was the most violent and devastating war ever fought with nearly 60 million lives lost due to battle, aerial bombing, acts of genocide and the use of atomic bombs. The talk[...]
7:00 pm THE FLYING TIGERS – THE AMERICAN... @ Monmouth County Library Headquarters
THE FLYING TIGERS – THE AMERICAN... @ Monmouth County Library Headquarters
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come and hear from the nephew of one of the famed Flying Tigers who in late 1941 aided a beleaguered Chinese nation defeat Imperial Japanese forces that had a major impact on the war in the China, Burma, India Theater of War. The nephew, Dan Petach, using material maintained by[...]


For Inquiries
Email: ww2erastudies@gmail.com.
Available for bookings.

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