Gwenn Strauss, author of “The Nine: The True Story of a Band of Women Who Survived the Worst of Nazi Germany” on VBC Greatest Generation Live – Thursday, March 23 @ 9AM ET

Date: March 23, 2023
Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Location: Zoom, Facebook, YouTube
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Join host Glenn Flickinger for a special conversation with France-based author Gwenn Strauss about her new best-selling book, The Nine: The True Story of a Band of Women Who Survived the Worst of Nazi Germany.

The Nine follows the true story of the author’s great aunt Hélène Podliasky, who led a band of nine female resistance fighters as they escaped a German forced labor camp and made a ten-day journey across the front lines of WWII from Germany back to Paris.

The nine women were all under thirty when they joined the resistance. They smuggled arms through Europe, harbored parachuting agents, coordinated communications between regional sectors, trekked escape routes to Spain and hid Jewish children in scattered apartments. They were arrested by French police, interrogated and tortured by the Gestapo.

They were subjected to a series of French prisons and deported to Germany. The group formed along the way, meeting at different points, in prison, in transit, and at Ravensbrück. By the time they were enslaved at the labor camp in Leipzig, they were a close-knit group of friends. During the final days of the war, forced onto a death march, the nine chose their moment and made a daring escape.

Drawing on incredible research, this powerful, heart-stopping narrative from Gwen Strauss is a moving tribute to the power of humanity and friendship in the darkest of times.

Streaming Premiere of “A Permanent Mark: Agent Orange in America and Vietnam” – Monday, March 27 @ 7pm ET (4pm PT)

Date: March 27, 2023
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location: Zoom
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For the 50th Anniversary of the final return of US troops from Vietnam, the Veterans Breakfast Club with filmmaker Holly Million and VetStreamTV is hosting the world streaming premiere of its documentary, A Permanent Mark: Agent Orange in American and Vietnam.

The film will be screened on Zoom Monday, March 27 at 7pm ET (4pm PT) and will be followed by a virtual conversation with the filmmaker and the veterans featured in the film. You must register for the Zoom premiere.

A Permanent Mark is a feature-length film that tells the story of both American veterans and Vietnamese people who have been affected by Agent Orange. Director Holly Million decided to create this film when her stepfather, Bob Macher, a Vietnam veteran, died from non-Hodgkins lymphoma due to his exposure to Agent Orange. Holly’s mother, Janet Macher, is the main character of this film, which shows her courageous journey to Vietnam alongside Vietnam veterans also seeking answers about their Agent Orange experience. For more information, to buy a DVD, or to book a screening, email hollyamillion@gmail.com or visit our website at apermanentmark.net

Sign up free for VetStreamTV and then register for the Zoom Premiere!


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