As the Second World War fades from living memory, D-Day, the Allied operation whose success led to the liberation of France and the rest of Western Europe from Axis forces, continues to serve as a microcosm for the preservation of democratic values in the world today. For those who fought, D-Day has important lessons to teach about how the past is remembered and what stories we tell to future generations. In this On War and Society Special Episode, guest host Kyle Pritchard talks with producer Elliott Halpern to discuss a new documentary airing on History, formerly the History Channel, on June 1st, 2019 at 9 pm. D-Day in 14 Stories blends first-hand accounts with re-enactments and animated renderings of the landings and is exclusively narrated by veterans and witnesses of the Allied Invasion of Normandy. To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the landings next month, D-Day in 14 Stories offers a varied account of the strategic and personal challenges veterans and others faced.
Elliott Halpern is an Emmy-award winning producer. He is the owner and creative director of yap films and has produced, written and directed many feature length films for television. He has previously produced Canada’s War in Colour (2005), Vimy Ridge: Heaven to Hell (2007) and Black Watch Snipers (2016).
Elliott Halpern, D-Day in 14 Stories. Documentary. Directed by Jamie Kastner. Toronto: History, Yap Films, June 2019.