WWII Group Interview with Johnnie Brooks, Charlie Hall and Bob Kruh Click here to download…
The reason for the show is because we had an extraordinary war that determined the fate of the entire globe. A war that was fought by people who still walk among us every day and never speak of it. These people carry this great internal weight, and we are mostly oblivious to it. They came home from the war, and went on to build this great society that we take for granted because we do not know it to be any other way. I feel an urgency to do this show because one to two thousand WWII veterans are dying every day, and we need to hear their stories while we still can. Finally, those who remain are starting to speak, and I want to do my part to be sure we listen.
On a personal note, as the child of a WWII vet who never spoke of the war, I felt a void because I never knew that part of my dad – he went to his grave never talking about it. My mom’s first husband and the father of my oldest (half) sister was executed by the Nazi’s; a crime exposed during the Nuremburg trials. Because my dad was so generous and secure in himself he allowed integration of my sister’s grandmother into our family. Her grandmother was ours too. There continues to be a mystery around the manner in which my sister’s father was killed and where his body is located near the Polish border in Germany. Until that mystery is solved, I will probably always continue to be curious.
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