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Enigma: The Cipher Machine that Changed WWII

By Mike Poiesz
CCC Journalism Program

BLACKWOOD – Camden County College will host Dr. Craig Bauer, editor-in-chief of Cryptologia¸ who will lecture 7 p.m. April 8 on the impact of the cipher during World War II.

The lecture, Enigma: The Cipher Machine that Changed World War II, will be in Civic Hall in the Connector Building on the Blackwood campus.

A cipher is a way to disguise one’s writing as a secret message to be deciphered by the person meant to receive it. Bauer’s main focus will be the Enigma, the machine the Germans used during the Second World War. The Enigma, whose code was believed to be unsolvable, was cracked by British cryptologists not long after it was implemented. Because these researchers cracked the code, the tide of World War II turned in the favor of the Allied Powers.

To help attendees follow along, notes about the Enigma and its impact on World War II will be passed out at the start of the lecture. These notes are for attendees to keep.

Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility Associate Linda Drexel said registration for the event is free. Those wishing to attend should go to, complete the registration form, then mail, email or fax it to the CCLR, or, said Director Jack Pesda, students can arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the lecture and say they want to register.

The Connector Building is at 200 College Drive in Blackwood.

The Connector Building is home to many of the Blackwood campus’s lectures and events. By Mike Poiesz, CCC Journalism Program

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