Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 20, 2005

University of Washington Historian to Present
May 2 Lecture on German Prisoners of War

Popular University of Washington Historian Jon Bridgman, Ph.D., will present a lecture, "Coddling the Nazis: The Treatment of German Prisoners of War," in which he will examine the time in 1944 when treatment of German prisoners of war became a public issue, leading President and Mrs. Roosevelt to intervene into what they thought was outrageously privileged treatment of German POWs.

The lecture will take place Monday, May 2, at 7 p.m., in the Robinson Teaching Theatre, Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth College. Admission is free; a reception will follow Bridgman's presentation. For more information, please call (509) 777-3275. Bridgman's lecture at Whitworth is a joint collaboration between Whitworth and the University Washington Alumni Association.

Bridgman is professor emeritus of history at the University of Washington and specializes in world affairs during WWII, European history and the history of film. Bridgman served as a gunnery officer on a destroyer in the Pacific from 1953-56. He then earned a Ph.D. in history at Stanford University and joined the University of Washington faculty as a history professor in 1961.

Bridgman retired from the university in 1997, though he continues to present a popular evening lecture series on campus. During his tenure at the university, Bridgman has taught more than 25,000 students and was one of the first recipients of the university's Distinguished Teaching Award, in 1973.

Bridgman is the author of The End of the Holocaust: The Liberation of the Camps, German Africa: A Select Annotated Bibliography, and The Revolt of the Herreros. He is currently writing a multi-volume biography on Franklin Roosevelt.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Dale Soden, director of the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning at Whitworth College, (509) 777-4433 or dsoden@whitworth.edu.

Michelle Seefried, program coordinator, Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3275 or mpace@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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