world war two

John Lacko

February 5th is opening night for A Soldier’s Play at Western Michigan University. The Pulitzer Prize winning work by Charles Fuller premiered Off-Broadway in 1981 - starring famous cast members like Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. At its heart, the play a classic “Whodunnit” about an army sergeant’s mysterious murder. But it’s also about racial tensions among African American soldiers during World War II.


Kalamazoo College

Author Doris Bergen uses the analogy of a house on fire to explain the origins of the Holocaust. 


Amphibious landings in France and Okinawa will be simulated by hundreds of reenactors in Saint Joseph on Saturday.

On Christmas Eve, 1959, in a small apartment in Cleveland, Ohio, the foot pedal on Mary Juratovac Gansen’s old treadle sewing machine was steadily being rocked forward and back, driving the belt that made the needle go up and down into the night. Some women would get fancy electric sewing machines that Christmas. Each of Mary’s two young daughters would be gifted a priceless heirloom made out a WWII parachute. 

22 Veterans from Kalamazoo and Battle Creek had one-day all expenses paid flight to Washington D.C. and back

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