The World War II generation (to which many AARP members surely belong) is rapidly dwindling. Yet, sadly, issues of war and peace continue to be timely. I believe it is of great importance, therefore, to give voice to the last witnesses of that war before their memories are gone forever. These witnesses have crucial lessons to teach, not only to the current generation but also to others not yet born, and, despite so much evidence to the contrary, I still hope that people one day will manage to learn from history. Czeslaw Milosz, winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize in Literature, put it succinctly: Those who are alive receive a mandate from those who are silent forever. They can fulfill their duty only by trying to reconstruct precisely things as they were.
So I ask: Is anyone out there who is ready to share those memories? Feel free to do so here. Or recommend a book on the subject. Or, if you are an author, tell us about your writing.
In Response to World War II in Germany by HeinzKohler I am so pleased that someone feels as I do. My father was a member of the 11th Airborne Division during WWII and I have compiled only 220 pages thus far. I wish I had started this project when he was still alive - so many...
A recent book of mine can serve as an example of what I hope we can contribute to this group. MY NAME WAS FIVE : A Novel of the Second World War, is a collection of forty-seven brief chapters, written from the unusual point of view of a child—a child, moreover, who was living in the very...
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