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Behind The Wire Symposium

Behind The Wire Symposium

September 16th, 2017 08:00am-September 16th, 2017 16:30pm


Join us September 16, 2017 at the Fredericksburg Theater Company for a day of discovery and discussion. This year the day will focus on life as a POW and Internee, and the changing conditions throughout time. Hear from experts, authors, and veterans throughout the day and take part in discussions about the topic. 


Ticket Price:

ANF Member - $50

Non ANF Member - $60

Active Duty Military w/ID - $30

WWII Veteran - FREE

College Student with ID -FREE


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2017 Symposium Schedule

*Speakers and more information will be updated as we recieve confirmation


Friday, 15 September


Movie: “Never the Same: The Prisoner of War Experience” – Director confirmed


"In this intimate and moving portrait American prisoners of Imperial Japan during World War II reveal their indomitable will to survive. Starved, beaten, sick and brutalized, but always keeping a wry sense of humor, these amazing soldiers used gallows humor to beat the odds. Some of the men were artists, some wrote poetry and songs and many collected recipes." -Never the Same Website



The movie will be shown at the Fredericksburg Theater Company Friday at 7:30. An Additional ticket is required for this movie. 


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Saturday, September 16th

8:00 - Registration Opens


9:00am – 9:05: Opening Remarks and Pledge of Allegiance


9:05am –9:45:  German POW’s held in the US.

Speaker: Arnold Krammer


9:45am – 10:40: Personal Account

                        Speaker: Fisk Hanley – confirmed


10:40am – Break


10:50am – Comparison of European and Pacific camps and countries willingness to take POW’s

                        Speaker: Rich Frank –confirmed


11:40am– Post WWII POW’s, Survival-morale-patriotism within-resistance

                        Possible speaker:


12:30pm - Lunch Offsite---Enjoy one of the many suggested restaurants


1:40pm – Meet and Greet with presenters


2:00pm – Crystal city/Internments camps

                        Possible speakers:, Bob Izumi(personal account),


2:50pm –civilian POWS or nurse POW’s

                        Special presentation of Angels of Bataan performed by students from Boerne Middle School North. This performance took the students to National History Day Nationals in Maryland.


3:40pm – Meet and Greet with presenters


4:05-5:20- Roundtable discussion with speakers and audience - Moderated by Kelly Crager

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