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A Japanese Teenager’s Journey to the US

As a Japanese teenager, Barbara was taught to defend herself from American soldiers arriving in her country.  She ended up marrying one of them.  But…

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Living In Japan When World War II Ended

This week we are featuring Barbara Law who recently passed away.  She was a teenager living in Japan when World War II ended.  Her country’s…

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A Look Back At The Story of Barbara Law

This past week Barbara Law of King City, Missouri passed away at the age of 87.  I had the honor of knowing her and even…

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Escapees With Nowhere to Go

At first glance, housing enemy soldiers in low security camps in the Midwest may not have seemed wise.  But for those who decided to escape,…

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Prisoners of War in the Midwest

During World War II thousands of enemy soldiers taken as prisoners of war where housed in hastily built camps in the Midwest.  Most were peaceful,…

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A Place Surprising To Both Sides

When the Allies began the fight against Germany in World War II, they began to take prisoners of war.  Some of those enemy soldiers would…

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More With Holocaust Survivor Judy Straus

We conclude our story with Holocaust survivor Judy Straus.  If you’ve missed any of her story of tragedy and triumph, be sure to go to…

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Lives In Jeopardy

As the end of World War II in Europe drew ever closer, the Germans stepped up the pace of sending Jewish families to death camps. …

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Nazi Death Camps Through the Eyes of a Child

The scenes from Nazi death camps were staggering.  Now imagine experiencing those horros through the eyes of a child.  That was the case for Judy…

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The Nazis Invade Home

The Straus family left Germany in the 1930s to escape the rising power of Adolf Hitler.  Then, in the early 1940s, the Nazis invaded the…

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Holocaust Survivor Judy Straus

This week we visit with Judy Straus, a survivor of the Holocaust  Her story is one of tragedy and hope…and a story I hope you’ll…

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The 70th Anniversary of Victory in Europe

Melvin Alper fought an entire year in Europe during WW II, but it was the last two months of the war that produced two stops…

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Trained to Face the Enemy

Melvin Alper had trained to face the enemy, but nothing could have prepared him for the scene he would face in southern Germany in 1945….

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A Jewish Family’s Challenges in Nazi Germany

We resume our moving conversation today with Henry Straus as he share his family’s challenges living as Jews in a country where the Nazis were…

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Posted in American Countryside Holocaust Illinois World War II

Growing Up Jewish in Germany

From his earliest memories, Henry Straus remembers discrimination. As a young Jewish boy living in a German city, his family faced laws that stripped them…

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The 70th Anniversary of a Special Nativity Scene

This year in Algona, IA, residents will celebrate the 70th anniversary of a very special Nativity scene.  It was a gift from prisoners far from…

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A Nativity Scene On Display Year-Round

During the advent season, many families and churches will set up Nativity scenes.  They figures remind us of the birth of Jesus.  But here, the…

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Escaping a POW Camp in the Midwest

If a soldier is taken as a prisoner of war, they may try to escape to freedom.  That was the case for the Germans living…

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Enemy Soldiers Working the Fields of Home

Imagine the pain of losing a son or daughter who was fighting in a war.  Now imagine hiring one of the enemy soldiers to work…

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A Shortage of Labor at Home During World War II

When young men went to fight in Europe and the Pacific during World War II, many communities were left with a shortage of labor.  To…

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