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The Winding Journey of Bill Genaust’s Flag-Raising Footage

William G. McGowan Theater
Washington, DC

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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When the National Archives investigated the true identity of the flag raisers in Bill Genaust's footage of the first and second flag raisings on Iwo Jima and the iconic photograph by Joe Rosenthal, staffers discovered that the agency never received the original film shot on February 23, 1945. Supervisory Motion Picture Preservation Specialist Chriss Kovac provides information about Bill Genaust and how the film was shot, developed, assembled, and used during the World War II and throughout history. Presentation materials are available at


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