Information Update - Fall 2001
Band of Brothers Comes to the Weinberg Library
- Stephen Ambrose’s Band of Brothers is a gripping depiction of Easy Company and some of most critical moments of World War II. Starting in 1942, the story concerns the soldiers of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division. It begins with their rigorous training in Georgia, follows them as they parachute into France behind enemy lines early on D-day morning, follows them into Arnhem, Bastogne, and the Bulge, and climaxes with their daring capture of Hitler's fortified mountain chalet, the Eagle's Nest retreat at Berchtesgaden, Bavaria.
- Mr. Ambrose developed an interest in Easy Company during a visit to an Easy Company reunion in New Orleans in 1988. He recorded their D-Day battle experiences as part of an oral history project on the June 1944 invasion of Normandy for the Eisenhower Center at the University of New Orleans.
Charles E. Kratz, Sr., father of Library Director Charles Kratz and World War II veteran, recently donated a copy of the Band of Brothers autographed by the surviving members of Easy Company to the Weinberg Library.
- Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks have produced an epic 10-part World War II mini-series in association with HBO adapted from the best selling book. The series will premiere on HBO on September 9th.