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The public is invited to a book talk with Monique Laney, assistant professor in the department of history at Auburn University, and author of “German Rocketeers in the Heart of Dixie: Making Sense of the Nazi Past in the Civil Rights Era.” The talk will be held on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 3 p.m. in the Caroline Marshall Draughon Auditorium on the ground floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

“German Rocketeers in the Heart of Dixie” focuses on the U.S. government–assisted integration of German rocket specialists and their families into a small southern community soon after World War II. Based on oral histories provided by members of the African American and Jewish communities, and by the rocketeers’ families, co-workers, friends and neighbors, Laney demonstrates how the histories of German Nazism and Jim Crow in the American South intertwine in narratives about the past.

The event, sponsored by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and the Auburn University Libraries, is free, open to the public and will be followed by refreshments. Books will be available for purchase and signing. For more information on the program, call 334-844-4903 or visit