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From Operation Overlord to Is Paris Burning?

June 9, 2016 from 7:00pm

Lecture presented by Henry Kreuter

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California
When: Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 7 pm

Members only Reception • 6:15 – 6:45 pm

Cost: Free (members), $10 (non-members)
Register: Go to or call (805) 456 8747

Lecture Series Sponsored by: Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, John C. Woodward,
and Silvio Di Loreto

The WWII Story that BEGINS with Normandy in 1944 and Prompted Hitler to Destroy Paris.

Author Henry Kreuter utilizes remarkable archival photos and firsthand accounts to tell the story of the 1944 invasion at Normandy that prompted Hitler to destroy Paris. After four years of occupation, Hitler wanted the Allies to find a pile of rubble where Paris once stood. The presentation discusses the passion and lives of the French Resistance members, the 20,000 Higgins Landing Craft that owed their heritage to shipyards in New Orleans, and General Dietrich von Choltitz, who had only minutes to delay his German explosive engineers from detonating the bombs that would destroy Paris.

Henry Kreuter’s life forever changed in 1985 when an older Parisian woman asked, “Are you American?” Kreuter spoke to her in French, assured her he was indeed American, and tearsformed in her eyes. “Merci,” she told him. “Thank you for what you Americans did to  save us from near starvation and the oppression of the Nazis. I will never forget that.” After a tour through her neighborhood where she showed him bullet holes in buildings and recalled military executions of her Parisian neighbors and friends, Kreuter began reading about World War II.

Now, more than six decades after the post-Normandy Liberation of Paris, Kreuter will share what he learned. Kreuter runs a local intellectual salon and is always looking for guests and engaging speakers. [email protected] Kreuter also works as a wellness and fitness coach, professional speaker, and is the author of two books: see and


Event Details

  • Organizer/Sponsor: SBMM
  • Starts: June 9, 2016 7:00pm
  • Location: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
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