Eighty years ago, following Poland’s defeat in 1939, an eerie calm settled over Europe. Was war inevitable? Would Europe fall to the Nazi? Would the U.S. remain neutral? Would Hitler agree to a peace settlement? No one except the Germans knew the answers. Life went on. That year, Grapes of Wrath staring Henry Fonda and The Great Dictator staring Charles Chaplin were released. Ernest Hemingway published, For Whom the Bell Tolls. The calm was dramatically shattered on April 9 when German troops swarmed into Denmark and Norway, and on May 10, when the German Blitzkrieg stormed into Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg. That same day, Winston Churchill became prime minister of Great Britain. This was followed by the desperate rescue of 338,000 British and French troops at Dunkirk. Join us as we follow these momentous events. Each week, the discussion leaders will select 10-20 New York Times’ articles from the corresponding week in 1940. We will discuss military, political, science, cultural and economic news. Supplemental materials will be provided by the coordinators, and videos will be shown. Digital access to The New York Times is required.