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Matinee: 'Walter Rosenblum Remembers D-Day' Share This on LinkedIn   Tweet This   Forward This

8 June 2019

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 295th in our series of Saturday matinees today: Walter Rosenblum Remembers D-Day.

In this three-minute clip from the USC Shoah Foundation, photographer Walter Rosenblum describes his experience on D-Day at Omaha Beach during the Allied invasion of Normandy, France.

Rosenblum's photographs that day, a few of which can be seen on his Web site, were later published in Yank Magazine, the Army weekly published from June 1942 to December 1945.

Following the invasion, he joined the anti-tank battalion that cut through France, Germany and Austria. A still photographer, he took the first movies of the Dachau concentration camp.

Rosenblum was among the most decorated World War II photographers, receiving the Silver Star, Bronze Star, five battle stars, a Purple Heart and a Presidential Unit Citation.

We present his memories of that day quietly here as a somber tribute to the personal sacrifices made 75 years ago this week to liberate Europe from a racist regime and, afterwards, turn trenches into the foundation for a peace that has endured.

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