January 31, 2006
Press contact: Anneliesa Clump Behrend (202) 707-9822, [email protected]
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT TO HOST LECTURE
ON THE AMERICAN SOLDIER AND FRENCH WAR BRIDES
Oral historian and author Hilary Kaiser will deliver a lecture
titled, “The American Soldier and ‘Mademoiselle’:
Love and Marriage after WWI and WWII,” at noon on Friday,
Feb. 10 in the West Dining Room of the Madison Building, 101
Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The program is free
and open to the public.
Twice during the 20th century, millions of American soldiers
took part in the Liberation of France. Some 6,500 American soldiers
married French women after World War I and World War II. Ms.
Kaiser will discuss the policies of the U.S. Army, the State
Department and the French government with regard to these amorous
relations and Franco-American marriages. She will examine the
role the American Red Cross, the YMCA, the YWCA and other organizations
played in discouraging or encouraging Franco-American encounters.
The lecture is sponsored by the Library’s Veterans History
Project and Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR).
Hilary Kaiser is American by birth and the daughter of a GI
who fought in Japan during World War II. She is an Associate
Professor at the University of Paris-Sud and has conducted many
oral histories of Americans living in France. Dr. Kaiser is the
author of two books: “Des Amours de GI’s: les petites
françaises du Débarquement” (Tallandier,
2004) and “Souvenirs de Veterans” (original version
in English, “Veteran Recall: Americans in France Remember
the War,” Bayeux, 2004). She is currently working on a
third book about children of GI’s and French women after
World War II.
The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center
is a nationwide volunteer effort to collect and preserve oral
histories from America’s war veterans. The collection
is housed at the Library of Congress. To date the archive has
received more than 40,000 individual submissions. Those who
are interested in participating are encouraged to e-mail the
Veterans History Project at [email protected] or
to call toll-free (888) 371-5848 to request a free project
kit. For more information
about the Veterans History Project, visit http://www.loc.gov/vets/.
Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR) is a non-profit
organization dedicated to the promotion and improvement of oral
history. OHMAR provides a forum for sharing information about
the techniques and application of oral history, promotes standards
of quality among practitioners, and assists those interested
in the subject. For more information about OHMAR, visit http://www.ohmar.org/.
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