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SPIES! Casablanca: An Espionage Hub in North Africa during World War II ~ JUL 5

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The classic Hollywood film got it right: Casablanca was a hotbed of intrigue and espionage during WWII. After the city fell to the Allies, it became a key hub for the invasion of North Africa and the first theater of operations for the American OSS. Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D., Friday, July 5, 2019, at 7:00PM (doors open at 6:15PM for the wine reception).

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The classic Hollywood film got it right: Casablanca was a hotbed of intrigue and espionage during WWII. Jewish refugees, desperate for visas, jostled with Nazi agents and collaborators who were plotting to extend Hitler's empire. After the city fell to the Allies, it became a key hub for the invasion of North Africa and the first theater of operations for the American OSS. Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D., Friday, July 5, 2019, at 7:00PM (doors open at 6:15PM for the wine reception).

Bruce Thompson is a lecturer in the Departments of History and Literature and the Associate Director of Jewish Studies at U.C.-Santa Cruz, and also teaches at the Institute. He received his Ph.D. in History from Stanford; his areas of scholarly research include European intellectual and cultural history, French history, British Isles history, American Jewish intellectual and cultural history, the history of cinema, and the history of espionage.