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Salem Lit Fest Bonus for Veteran’s Day

In honor of Veteran’s Day and all those who serve our country, we’re proud to promote a special lecture by a good friend of SLF that will be of great interest to history buffs and those interested in learning more about the lives of those who serve our country in the military abroad and their families that remain at home. This is a tremendous story of strength and frailty, triumph and tragedy, and the price paid by those who fight our battles.

When: Thursday, November 12, 7:00 pm
Where: First Church in Salem, 316 Essex Street, Salem MA
What: Wilber’s War: An American Family’s Journey through World War II
Admission: Free


Retired MIT Physics professor and local author, Hale Bradt, will be speaking about the book he published about his family’s experience “and journey” through World War II.  Wilber’s War, chronicles the story of two ordinary Americans, Wilber and Norma Bradt, during an extraordinary time, World War II. It offers a fresh insight—on a deeply personal level—into the historic conflict as it was fought by the U.S. Army in the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, and The Philippines and by a family on the home front. It is an epic tale of duty, heroism, love, and human frailty.  The story is told in large part in Wilber’s own words in a sensitive editing of his some 700 richly detailed wartime letters that delve into the ways in which individuals shaped, and were shaped by, World War II. It offers a nuanced view into the complexities faced by one family and by U.S. society as a whole when it ships soldiers off to war and asks loved ones to forge new lives on the home front.

Author Hale Bradt, Wilber and Norma’s son, shares his parents’ stories with insight, compassion, and a wealth of carefully selected images that bring their experiences to life. Visiting in the 1980s the battlefields where his father fought, he adds another uniquely American voice to this rich story: that of a son seeking to unravel the tangled threads of his family’s legacy.