On January 12th, 2021, The Institute of World Politics hosted Mr. Jack Sacco for a virtual guest lecture titled Where the Birds Never Sing, The True Story of the Liberation of Dachau. Mr. Sacco is an award-winning and Amazon #1 bestselling author of Where the Birds Never Sing and Above the Treetops. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, he has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. Additionally, he won the 2005 Alabama Library Association’s Author Award for Where the Birds Never Sing – a nonfiction account of his father’s experiences as a soldier during WWII and his role in the liberation of the notorious Nazi concentration camp at Dachau.
In this talk for IWP, Mr. Sacco followed the story of his father, who was flung into the dangerous world of international war. Raised on a farm in Alabama, 18-year-old Joe Sacco not only found himself at the forefront of the Allied push through France and Germany as a member of the 92nd Signal Battalion, but he also witnessed the chaos and carnage of the battles of Normandy and the Bulge. On April 29, 1945, he was among the first 200 American soldiers to enter the camp in the liberation of Dachau. Mr. Sacco supported his lecture by displaying photos of Joe Sacco and his fellow companions of the 92nd Signal Battalion and even exhibited some of his father’s medals, swords, and daggers collected throughout his service.
In writing this book, Mr. Sacco dedicates his life to bringing awareness and truth by sharing his father’s heart-wrenching stories from WWII. “I’ve always had great love and respect for the military,” he said, “because of the example I saw with my father and the men he served with.” Mr. Sacco hopes that in sharing this account, people can truly understand who these men were, what they meant for this country, and what their memory and example continue to be for our great nation.