3:15pm - 4:45pm


4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 & 5/20

Six Sessions

This course will be offered online via the free, easy-to-use Zoom program.

Amazing true stories abound of female spies and code breakers during World War II and the early 20th century. Although men often received credit for their work, the women were well suited for espionage and consistently outperformed their male colleagues. Learn how American women broke the Japanese code and helped win the Battle of the Pacific.  And just who was the coolheaded, one-legged spy who changed the course of the World War II…?


A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II, Sonia Purnell [Viking, 2019]

The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies, Jason Fagone [Dey Street Books reprint edition, 2017]

Alan Rubinholds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Lehigh University. He owned and operated an independent retail business in New York City for four decades, as chronicled in his daughter Jen Rubin’s book, We Are Staying: Eighty Years in the Life of a Family, a Store, and a Neighborhood. He mentors many in the local community including BCC students, small businesses, and Taconic High School students.

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