December 7: millions think of going to war & making peace

AIRPLANES IN THE AIR AS SYMBOLS OF DOOM: Twice in American history, the images of airplanes zooming through our skies became the iconic images of tragic, years-long eras of global warfare. This image of a Japanese bomber over Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, is now in public domain.WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7: In millions of homes—and in countless community newspapers nationwide—Wednesday marks a remembrance of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and America’s entry into World War II. The 111-year-old Record newspaper in Stockton, California, made the point in an impassioned editorial published in its Sunday editions. Editor Mike Klocke wrote: “A number of readers of The Record will pick up their newspaper Wednesday with a firm priority: finding coverage of the anniversary of Pearl Harbor. It’s an important check and balance for this and every American newspaper. Dec. 7, 1941, is not—nor should it ever be—a day to be forgotten.


The Record in Stockton certainly is not alone, especially since this December 7 is the 70th anniversary. Here are some of the more notable stories we are seeing emerge nationwide:

Mercury News: Attack 70 years ago still fresh in minds of old sailors.
Seattle Times: Pearl Harbor survivor returns to ship after his death.

Library of Congress: December 7 story and links to photos, artifacts and archives.
U.S. Navy History Command
: See a wide array of actual Navy photos related to December 7.
Listen to FDR’s broadcast to the nation
: History Matters website provides both audio and text.
Selection of famous photos from December 7 attack.

CNN: Aging Pearl Harbor attack survivors passing on the baton.
Washington Post
: Five myths about Pearl Harbor.
Baltimore Sun: A brief look at the weather on December 7, 1941.
Elgin Courier-News: How one small-town newspaper covered these events in 1941.


Stories of war and peace are major themes at ReadTheSpirit.
Blessed Are the Peacemakers: This book by Daniel Buttry contains more than 80 profiles of peacemakers, mainly in the 20th century, and is our latest book-length release on themes of war and peace.
You’ll Never Know: This inventive series of graphic novels by Carol Tyler is widely praised for the way Carol compassionately explores WWII memories with her father. Have you explored memories with a veteran?
ReadTheSpirit Holocaust Educational Resources Page: Our ongoing coverage of resources for teachers continues to highlight new books and films appropriate for classes.

NEW! New DVD on children in the Holocaust—and children remembering it now: This week, we have just added a review of Inside Hana’s Suitcase, a new-to-DVD documentary that’s appropriate for children and circles the globe linking a class in Japan with a survivor’s family in Canada.

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