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World War II Overview
The Atomic Bomb
For more than five years, the world was locked in mortal combat. Both hemispheres,
all continents felt its terrible force. Great sacrifice and hideous cruelty
were the faces of humankind. This collection documents the human side of
this great conflict, through artifacts such as letters, first-person accounts,
songs, poems, memoirs, and stories. The readings attempt to show the human
side-a personal voice, an individual experience-from these historic events.
The accounts will tell what it was like to be an eyewitness to history,
to watch Hitler rise to power, to experience the cold and mud of the battlefield,
to experience the attack at Pearl Harbor, to be a American citizen confined
in a Japanese internment camp, to be a Jew in a concentration camp or witness
their grusome discovery. While readings will be included from such famous
writers as Elie Weisel, Ernie Pyle, William Shirer, and others, the readings
will also include accounts from everyday Americans-a nurse, a foot soldier,
An attempt is made to include readings from different "periods"
of the war-the building of initial tensions, the German blitzkrieg, the
Holocaust, America's entry into the war, the war in the Pacific, and so
forth. But these readings will not attempt to be any sort of comprehensive
survey. Rather, they will attempt to pull together the human response to
the wrenching events of world war.