Dispatches from Nazi Germany: Bringing the Edwin A. Shanke Collection to Life in Digital Format

September 12: On Edwin Shanke

A Talk and Dramatic Reading, September 12, 4:00-5:15 p.m.

Talk of Nazism, fake news, and propaganda fill the headlines today. Eddie Shanke wrestled with these same issues as an AP reporter in Germany from 1937 to 1941. Find out more about this remarkable Marquette alumnus (B.A. ’32, M.A. ’37) and learn how Marquette archivists have employed digital tools to make his amazing collection of papers more accessible. The event will include a dramatic reading of excerpts from Shanke’s letters home.


  • William Fliss, Archivist, Raynor Memorial Libraries
  • Kendall Cosley, History Department

Event Details

  • Free and open to all.
  • Date: September 12
  • Time: 4:00-5:15 p.m.
  • Location: Marquette University, Raynor Library, Prucha Reading Room (3rd Floor)

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Event Sponsors

The event is sponsored by Marquette University's Raynor Memorial Libraries and the Department of History.

Related Collections and Exhibit

The archival collection featured in the event above is currently available for use by researchers. Most of the collection focuses on the period 1937-1942, presenting a phenomenal 360° view of a World War II AP reporter’s experience behind German lines, with photos, correspondence, and AP wire copy. A companion digital collection, “Edwin A. Shanke: AP Reporter in Germany, 1937-1942,” features hundreds of digitized photos and documents from his adventures, as well as an interactive timeline. An exhibit on Shanke runs through October 2017 on the third floor of Raynor Library; it is open to the public.

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