Voices of World War II: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life, 1st Edition

  • Priscilla Roberts
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  • ISBN-10: 0313386633
  • ISBN-13: 9780313386633
  • DDC: 940.53092
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 236 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released May 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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This book collects a wide variety of primary-source documents drawn from across the United States, Europe, and Asia that illuminate the events and experiences of World War II -- the most devastating war in human history.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
How to Evaluate Primary Documents.
1: The Coming of War in Europe.
2: Fascist Pageantry: William Shirer on the Nürnberg Rallies, 1934.
3: Clare Hollingworth Describes the German Invasion of Poland, September 1939.
4: W. H. Auden, “September 1, 1939”.
5: From Poland to Pearl Harbor.
6: Henry R. Luce, “The American Century,” February 1941.
7: “America First”: U.S. Opposition to Intervention in World War II: Charles A. Lindbergh, Radio Address, April 23, 1941.
8: Mitsuo Fuchida’s Recollections of Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
9: Franklin D. Roosevelt, “A Date which will Live in Infamy”: December 7, 1941.
10: Fighting the War.
11: The Siege of Leningrad: Diary of Anna Petrovna Ostroumova-Lebedeva, March–May 1942.
12: A Russian “Night Witch”: Reminiscences of Lieutenant Olga Lisikova, Pilot, Commander of Douglas C-47 Aircraft.
13: The Eastern Front: Recollections of Hans Heinrich Herwarth von Bittenfeld on the German Occupation.
14: The Eastern Front: Reminiscences of General Aleksey Kirillovich Gorlinskiy on the Soviet Advance, 1944–1945.
15: D-Day: Diaries of Forrest C. Pogue.
16: German Infantryman Robert Vogt Describes the D-Day Landings and the Normandy Campaign.
17: David K. E. Bruce Describes the Liberation of Paris, August 24–25, 1944.
18: Technology and Air Power.
19: Letter from an American Bomber Pilot: Robert S. Raymond to Betty Raymond, January 27, 1943.
20: Will of Kamikaze Pilot Ryōji Uehara, Late 1944 or Early 1945.
21: Father Johannes A. Siemes Recalls the Atomic Attack on Hiroshima of August 6, 1945.
22: Toshikazu Kase, Account of the Japanese Surrender Ceremony, September 2, 1945.
23: Wartime Victims and Survivors.
24: A Pacifist Point of View: Rev. Arle Brooks, Statement upon His Conviction for Draft Evasion, January 1941.
25: Conditions in the Warsaw Ghetto: The Diary of Stanislaw Rozycki, November–December 1941.
26: The Final Solution: Minutes of the Wannsee Protocol, January 20, 1942.
27: Conspiracies of Silence: Oral History of Martin Koller on German Massacres of Jews.
28: The Internment of Japanese Americans: Recollections of Mary Tsukamoto.
29: Roy M. “Max” Offerle Recalls Working on the Burma–Thailand “Death” Railway.
30: Japan’s Occupation of the Philippines: Claro M. Recto to Lt. Gen. Takaji Wachi, June 15, 1944.
31: Japanese Biological Experiments: Testimony of Anonymous Hygiene Specialist of Unit 731.
32: Comfort Women: Account of Ms. K, an Anonymous Korean Woman.
33: German Women in Wartime: Reminiscences of Juliane Hartmann.
34: The War’s Social and Economic Impact.
35: The Aryan Obsession: Heinrich Himmler, Order to the Members of the German SS and Police, October 28, 1939.
36: The British Home Front: Recollections of Pamela Lazarus, October 10, 2001.
37: Women and Work: Oral History of Lola Weixel.
38: Racial Conflicts in the U.S. Army: Recollections of Allen Thompson, 758th Tank Battalion.
Appendix 1: Biographical Sketches of Important Individuals Mentioned in the Text.
Appendix 2: Glossary of Terms Mentioned in the Text.
About the Editor.