Why North Africa? An American Invasion

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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Free Event
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In November 1942, US troops stormed the beaches of Algeria and Morocco in Operation Torch, the first American offensive of World War II. Learn about the power grabs and diplomatic intrigue that heightened the importance of a victory in North Africa, and hear newly discovered information about the fate of local Jewish communities and their resistance to persecution. 

Please join us for this free program on October 19 at 7 p.m. in Washington, DC.

Three scholars will share their perspectives on this important event and the lessons US military leaders learned, which later shaped their approach to liberating Europe. 

Dr. Edna Friedberg, Historian, US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Dr. Meredith Hindley, Historian and author of Destination Casablanca: Exile, Espionage, and the Battle for North Africa in World War II
Dr. Robert Satloff, Executive Director, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and author of Among the Righteous: Lost Stories from the Holocaust's Long Reach into Arab Lands

This program is free and open to the public, but reservations are required at ushmm.org/events/torch-dc. For more information, please contact events@ushmm.org.

If you are unable to join us in person, consider watching live at ushmm.org/watch and joining the conversation using #AskWhy and #USHMM.

In 2018, the Museum will open a groundbreaking new exhibition, Americans and the Nazi Threat, examining pressures and motivations that influenced US responses. 

Photo: American troops parade through Casablanca, Morocco, in November 1942. Centre des Archives Diplomatiques de Nantes