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Madeleine Albright: D-Day about national service (column)

5:55 PM, Jun. 6, 2014
Madeleine Albright
Madeleine Albright
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Like many Americans of a certain age, I have always felt a direct connection to the events of D-Day, 70 years ago Friday. I was 7 years old, living in London, when the liberation of Europe - and eventually the liberation of my parents' home - began in the early morning of June 6, 1944. My family had fled from Czechoslovakia following the Munich Agreement, which legitimized Adolf Hitler's dismemberment of a neighboring nation and became a symbol of the West's impotence and division.

D-Day was the opposite historical pole to Munich. It was not only the decisive battle in a great war, it also was the ...

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