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Waukesha museum hosts WWII photo exhibit

"Memories of WWII" features Associated Press photos
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U.S. Troops March on Champs Elysees, Paris, Aug. 29, 1944.

WAUKESHA, Wis. -- The Waukesha County Museum is hosting a national tour of World War II photos taken by Associated Press photographers.

The exhibit is named "Memories of WWII" and it includes 120 photos of Europe, the Pacific and home, spanning all six years of the global conflict. A number of the photographers earned Pulitzer Prizes, including Joe Rosenthal for his image entitled "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima."

The museum also will create displays of hundreds of artifacts from the war donated by county residents to the museum collection and its Greatest Generation Theater will show a 20-minute film featuring the personal stories of four surviving WWII veterans.

Almost two hundred reporters and photographers fanned out around the globe to cover World War II for The Associated Press. Five reporters lost their lives. Seven others won Pulitzer Prizes, including Joe Rosenthal, who clambered up Iwo Jima's Mount Suribachi to take the flag-raising photo that became the emblem of American victory and one of the most famous photos of all time.

The AP offered Americans a daily view of the conflict through photographs by its own photographers and by photographers in the U.S. Armed Services, as well as images from the world press that otherwise would not have been seen. The best of these images make up this important exhibition.

Memories of WWII opened Veterans Day with a special "Salute to Veterans." The museum is one of 17 venues nationwide hosting the exhibit. It leaves Waukesha in June.

For more information, visit the Waukesha County Museum website:

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