WWII: Surprising Stories You Never Learned in History Class

Lynn University

Robert Watson is an award-winning author, professor, historian, and analyst for numerous media outlets. He has published over forty books on history and politics, five works of fiction, and hundreds of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, and reference essays. He also serves as the series editor for the scholarly book anthology on the American presidency published by the State University of New York and as the editor of The American Presidents and American First Ladies. He serves as Distinguished Professor of American History, Avron Fogelman Eminent Research Professor, and Director of Project Civitas at Lynn University and as Senior Fellow at the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship.



Strange Stories Of WW2

World War II is arguably the most tragic episode in human history. The six year war began in Europe but soon spread to all corners of the globe with countless men, women, and children affected by the struggle. Millions were killed on the battlefield, in the air, and on the sea. And as everyone knows, an estimated 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis in accordance with Hitler’s master plan to exterminate their entire race.

Strange Stories But True Stories of World War II

The chronology is well known, but during a war this complex and lengthy, there are many strange, surprising and sometimes shocking incidents that occurred that are less well known – especially during the final chaotic days of the conflict. During a war this complex and lengthy, there are dozens of shocking and strange incidents that occurred that are less notorious. From secret agreements that shaped the post war world, to extraordinary individuals, World War II threw up a series of surprises. This lecture will explore the desperate and bizarre actions of the Nazis at the end of the war and the challenges confronting the allies in rescuing Holocaust prisoners, as well as the difficulties historians face in uncovering and making sense of such strange stories and the role of government in declassifying war documents.



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Juanita Sevilla

Strange Stories But True Stories of World War II

Thank you for bringing this story of the Nazi Titanic to One Day University. I found out about Dr Watson’s book just lately and am about to read it too. I did not know that his lecture would be that story. I am trying to watch all of Dr Waton’s lectures because each one is so well done, and enjoyable despite the horrors that human beings do to each other.

Thank you for using your many talents and incredible research to teach all of us at One Day University. I am thrilled that I found this during the pandemic and continue to use the video library starting with all of Dr Watson’s lectures

7 months ago
Gary Ehrhardt


The contents of this lecture is astonishing and so tragic. We hope it is put into history curriculums. The lecturer presents the material with compassion and thoroughness and self-deprecating humor that engages but does justice to the grave nature of the subject.

6 months ago
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