The Library of Congress has prepared a site
The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.
The WWII Veterans Project
This is an exciting time to be a student in Essential Skills. Our project, saving the stories of WWII veterans, is more than just a class assignment. It's a way to preserve history for future generations, learn a lot about a very crucial period in world history, and talk with people that have a message everyone should hear.
An effective interview doesn't just happen. There's a bit of work involved in getting the best results. Knowing a general history of World War II is a start. Then focusing on the experiences of the individual being interviewed is critical. Once you've "done your homework" there's a set procedure the Library of Congress requests for each interview:
IMPORTANT: Begin your interview by announcing:
NOTE: Do not ask for personal information such as home address, phone number, Social Security number, or family names. What to Ask Here are a series of suggested topics.
What follows is an outline—not a script to be followed to the
1. A Few Biographical Details.
2. Early Days of Service. • How veteran entered service—draft
3. Wartime Service.
4. War’s End, Coming Home.
Download the Veterans Project Field Kit:
How did the Veterans History Project start?
The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000. The authorizing legislation (Public Law 106-380), sponsored by Representatives Ron Kind, Amo Houghton, and Steny Hoyer in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senators Max Cleland and Chuck Hagel in the U.S. Senate, received unanimous support and was signed into law by President William Jefferson Clinton on October 27, 2000.
Oxbridge got involved when Tony Marconi from the Palm Beach Historical Society approached the school with a great idea...the rest is history.
Brigadier General Irzyk being interviewed at OA.
|Do your Homework
Part of a story...
Battle of the Bulge
“The incident which became known as the “Malmedy Massacre” happened at the Baugnez crossroads in the Ardennes Forest in Belgium on 17 December 1944, the second day of fighting in the famous ‘Battle of the Bulge’, where American troops suffered 81,000 casualties, including 19,000 dead, in one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.
The German Army suffered 70,000 casualties with 20.000 dead in the month-long battle, which did not even stop for Christmas Day. It was during this decisive battle that a number of American soldiers were taken prisoner by Waffen-SS soldiers, who were fighting in the battle group named ‘Kampfgruppe Peiper’, which was spearheading the German Attack.”
|(Another educationally significant page from Dennis Yuzenas)|