Broehm, Barbara / World War II through the eyes of Manitowoc's homefront youth
World War II through the eyes of Manitowoc's homefront youth, pp. -30
Broehm 30 men only 300 survived and my cousin was one of them. For five days he floated out at sea before being rescued." 113 "It isn't until now," Howard notes, "that Melvin is willing to talk about the war.. some of the situations he faced were horrifying." Howard adds, "On the homefront, we knew very little of what was going on. We didn't understand the atomic bomb, we knew nothing of the Holocaust and very little of the Japanese internment going on in this country."'114 Art comments, "It took me years to get over my feelings toward the Japanese... we were trained to hate them."'115 On the other hand, homefront children warmly recall the patriotism and national unity. "No matter what our personal problems were, the war brought us together.. .there was a sense of unity. We had a goal--victory." Susan adds, "I also lived during the depression, and the war pulled us out of that. After the war, my parents were able to buy a house. Before the war, this was only something they could dream of''16 "I can't forget those young men who fought for our country," comments Lorraine. "Two of my very dear friends were killed in World War II, and I will never forget them." She adds, "World War II was a special time in history... and we have never been quite the same since."'"7 113 Howard Schmill, interview by Barbara Broehm. 114 Howard Schmill, interview by Barbara Broehm. 115 Arthur Nickels, interview by Barbara Broehm. 116 Susan Dick, interview by Barbara Broehm. 17 Lorraine Schuette, interview by Barbara, 22 November, 2000.
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