Marshall Foundation to Show Enigma Machine, The Imitation Game

Marshall Foundation archivist Jeffrey Kozak will talk about the famous German WWII Enigma machine that has been removed from the Foundation’s archives for display during the Codebreaking sequence of the new Marshall Legacy Series.

Kozak’s talk begins at 5:30 p.m. on May 20. Showing of the acclaimed movie, The Imitation Game, follows the talk, and a short reception concludes the evening.

Nazi Germany used Enigma to encode and decode messages. Alan Turing and his colleagues at Bletchley Park in England solved Enigma’s secret codes and provided the Allies with a significant strategic advantage.

The Turing episode was portrayed in The Imitation Game, which centers on British WWII codebreaking. The film will be shown in the Pogue Auditorium using the Foundation’s new audiovisual system with movie theater picture and sound quality.

Reservations are required by calling Leigh McFaddin at 540-463-7103, ext. 138. This event is free for members of the Marshall Foundation who show a membership card on arrival. Members will be given priority seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Non-members will be charged $15 at the door. The movie is rated PG-13.

Individuals who wish to learn more about American and British codebreaking during WWII can view the current exhibition “Partners in Code” and watch several videos and films that will be shown in the lower gallery of the Marshall Museum through July 4. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

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