Tag Archives: World War II

Art from Auschwitz Serves as a Warning in Dark Times

Art from Holocaust survivors reminds us why we cannot forget

In the wake of last week’s horrific violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, I, like most Americans, found myself asking, “How could this happen here?” Our country is not immune to domestic terrorism, certainly. From the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing to the … Continue reading

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“Daddy” by Sylvia Plath Explores the Anger That Accompanies Loss

Poem "Daddy" is a pure scream of primal rage

Anger is a natural part of the grieving process. In her poem “Daddy,” American poet Sylvia Plath expresses rage at her father for his treatment of her when he was alive and for his untimely death. Plath was born in … Continue reading

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“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by Walter Kent, Kim Gannon and Buck Ram

World War II song is still popular

In 1943, World War II was raging and victory was far from guaranteed. The war separated family and drew women into the workplace. Amidst all the worry, chaos and grief, Bing Crosby released “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” The song … Continue reading

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“Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself” by Judy Blume

A young Jewish girl learns to cope with life's problems

I found “Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself” by Judy Blume in my stocking the Christmas before my 10th birthday. Over the years, it has become one of my favorite novels. Although marketed as a young adult book, Sally as … Continue reading

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Steady On: The USS Arizona Memorial, Honolulu

Reflecting on the deaths of Pearl Harbor

“I saw how easy, how fast, it is to die,” says Army veteran Edward Davis on the atmosphere of one of history’s most tragic dates, December 7th, 1941 : the attack on Pearl Harbor. Close to 2,400 people lost their … Continue reading

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The Fallen of D-Day: Artists Stencil 9,000 Bodies on the Beach

Honoring the lives lost during D-day in an effort of unity and rememberance

June 6th, 1944 — the Allies attacked German forces on the shores of Normandy, winning a battle that would serve as a major turning point in WWII. Ever since the triumph of D-day, those thousands of casualities have been noted … Continue reading

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