The Women Who Fought WWII with Dr. Finn Ballard

The Women Who Fought WWII with Dr. Finn Ballard


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Description

Did you know that the spy codenamed "Artemis" was considered by the Gestapo to be the most dangerous of the Allied agents? And that she had a prosthetic leg which she named "Cuthbert"? In this conversation, we will examine the remarkable story of Virginia Hall - and other female spies working against Nazi Germany. We will also look at women in the armed forces during WWII - including the all-female 588th Night Bomber Regiment of the Soviet Air Forces, known by the Germans as the "Night Witches."

During our time together, we will learn about the Jewish parachutist Haviva Reik from Slovakia, who joined the British SOE (Special Operations Executive) to infiltrate Nazi-occupied territory and establish networks of resistance. Our conversation will reveal the stories of some of the most heroic figures of the anti-fascist resistance in Germany, including the Munich University student Sophie Scholl and the adoptive Berliner Mildred Harnack from Wisconsin.

We'll also virtually meet the Parisian museum curator Rose Valland, chief advisor to the "Monuments Men," who saved many of Europe’s art treasures from theft and destruction by the Nazis. And we will learn about female leaders in the guerrilla and partisan resistance groups throughout Europe - including Ariadna Scriabina, founder of the French Zionist group known as the Jewish Army; and Zivia Lubetkin, a member of the High Command of the Jewish Combat Organization which staged the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. And we will discuss how the American journalist Dorothy Thompson’s courage and ingenuity thwarted the Nazis’ plans for what would have been the most infamous show trial of the Third Reich.

Led by an expert on modern German history, Dr. Finn Ballard, this Conversation will tell the tale of the women who resisted Hitler. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of a lesser-known chapter of Nazi history.

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About Your Expert

Finn grew up in Northern Ireland before moving to England to study and later teach in the department of Film and Literature at the University of Warwick. He completed his doctoral study on German folklore and popular cinema in 2012, and has published extensively in the fields of Film Studies and Gender Studies. Since 2008, he has been living and guiding in Berlin. He now works as a historical advisor for television and film productions set in Berlin, particularly during the Weimar era or Third Reich. He is a journalist for the 'Siegessauele', Europe's foremost Queer magazine, and organises events at Berlin's English-language bookstore 'Another Country'.

Audience

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

Duration

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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L.A. (Denver, US)
Excellent intro to WWII women resistance fighters

Extremely well researched presentation on women's roles as spies, soldiers and resistance fighters in World War II. Dr. Finn Ballard is a very articulate and personable speaker who makes the subject come alive with interesting information and excellent visual materials.

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B. (Los Altos, US)
Excellent!

I found Finn's presentation to be excellent. His knowledge is vast and he was able to get through a lot of information in the hour. Will definitely attend another of his seminars!

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Sandra S -- Boston (Saugus, US)
Interesting and Heart-Wrenching Look at Female Heros

This was a very extensive presentation about the various (mainly) women heroes of the war with touching descriptions of their personal and political lives. I now have a greater appreciation for the bravery and achievements of these women (and for some, the men in their lives also). It has stimulated more interest in learning about some of the individuals who were highlighted.

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J. (Norwich, US)

Another wonderful presentation by Finn. I knew very little about this subject so was delighted to learn so much. Context has a gem with Finn's knowledge and presentations. Always look forward to the next.

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D.B. (Philadelphia, US)
Awesome lecture as always

It’s clear that Dr. Finn is super passionate and very knowledgeable about these topics and I always enjoy his lectures. In this one, I learned more names of incredibly brave and fierce women that I didn’t know before. I also appreciate Finn’s conversational tone and flow of the seminars. 5/5!

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
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L.A. (Denver, US)
Excellent intro to WWII women resistance fighters

Extremely well researched presentation on women's roles as spies, soldiers and resistance fighters in World War II. Dr. Finn Ballard is a very articulate and personable speaker who makes the subject come alive with interesting information and excellent visual materials.

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B. (Los Altos, US)
Excellent!

I found Finn's presentation to be excellent. His knowledge is vast and he was able to get through a lot of information in the hour. Will definitely attend another of his seminars!

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Sandra S -- Boston (Saugus, US)
Interesting and Heart-Wrenching Look at Female Heros

This was a very extensive presentation about the various (mainly) women heroes of the war with touching descriptions of their personal and political lives. I now have a greater appreciation for the bravery and achievements of these women (and for some, the men in their lives also). It has stimulated more interest in learning about some of the individuals who were highlighted.

J
J. (Norwich, US)

Another wonderful presentation by Finn. I knew very little about this subject so was delighted to learn so much. Context has a gem with Finn's knowledge and presentations. Always look forward to the next.

D
D.B. (Philadelphia, US)
Awesome lecture as always

It’s clear that Dr. Finn is super passionate and very knowledgeable about these topics and I always enjoy his lectures. In this one, I learned more names of incredibly brave and fierce women that I didn’t know before. I also appreciate Finn’s conversational tone and flow of the seminars. 5/5!