World War II (1939-1945)

Russian history lesson taken over afternoon coffee

A small coterie of locals had coffee recently at the College of William and Mary’s bookstore on Merchants Square.

We were talking about some obscure historical events that occurred during the World War II. Unexpectedly, Shomer Zwelling, of Williamsburg, and Joshua Rubenstein, of Boston, appeared at the table and joined the conversation.

Zwelling is a museum consulting expert who was involved in planning and designing the Public Hospital exhibit for Colonial Williamsburg and later helped define the elements of the Holocaust story presented through the core exhibition area at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. He wanted to introduce his childhood friend,...