'Wars' Voices' Presents History Through Personal Stories

The history of what many consider the worst war in world history is told through personal stories in “Wars' Voices – Are You Listening.”

The presentation by World War II historian Val Burgess is set for 7 p.m. March 20 in the Inner Circle of Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library, and is open free to the public.

With few remaining U.S. World War II veterans, the personal stories from the worldwide conflict are quickly disappearing.

Burgess' presentation is based on hundreds of interviews as well as documents, letters, plays and written texts from prisoners of war in both the European and Pacific theaters.

Her program includes details from soldiers held at camps and concentration camps in Europe including Stalag Luft IV and VI as well as vivid accounts from men forced to surrender at Bataan and who completed the Bataan Death March.

Burgess established the non-profit Wars' Voices in 2007, to develop an educational component built from veterans' personal accounts and the history of World War II. The archive will allow educators nationwide access to information for teaching their students about World War II's effects on the world's people.

Her program next week is appropriate for mature audiences,eighth grade and older.


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