On Saturday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 p.m., author Tim Pletkovich will talk about his new book, “Nuns, Nazis, and Notre Dame,” the story of the Great Depression, World War II, and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. The book examines the early life of Gerald A. O’Reilly, who was raised in Brooklyn during the 1920s and ‘30s. His story takes us from the alleys of Brooklyn to the hallways of Notre Dame during their championship years, to the innermost thoughts of an elite 10th Mountain Division soldier and the battle horrors of World War II in the Apennine Mountains. Gerald O’Reilly is the last surviving member of his company.
Pletkovich completed his graduate program at Illinois State University where he developed an interest in researching primary source documents relating to social issues in the post-Civil War America. Articles resulting from his original research have been published in numerous historical publications. Nuns, Nazis, and Notre Dame is his second book.
Tim will also be returning Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 6:30p.m., and Thursday, Dec.14 at 6:30 p.m. to share stories from his research. His books will be on sale after his presentations.