From Napoleonic battles to Cold War confrontations, the Normandy landings to 9/11, this podcast opens up fascinating new perspectives on how wars have shaped and changed our modern world. Each week, twice a week, war historian, writer, and broadcaster, James Rogers, teams up with fellow historians, veterans, and experts to reveal astonishing new histories of inspirational leadership, breakthrough technologies, and era defining battles. Together they highlight the stark realities and consequences of global warfare. Join us on the front line of military history.
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It’s 1943, you’re part of the French resistance, and you’ve been sentenced to death. You’re allowed to write one last letter before you’re shot by the Nazis. Who do you write to? Friends? Family? Fellow comrades? How do you know if they’ll even get it?
Of the 10,000 or so executions during the Second World War, only around 700 letters remain, and today’s guest, Daniel Brunstetter, Professor of Political Science at the University of California Davis, has spent the last three years trying to track them down, and working with the families to piece together their life, death, and acts of heroism.
Together, Daniel and host James Patton Rogers set the scene of occupied France, Charles de Gaulle’s rallying cry to resist, and the multiple lives the letters, years after their authors were executed.
The Senior Producer was Elena Guthrie. It was edited and mixed by Aidan Lonergan.
Intro music: Ludwig van Beethoven, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons
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