The Library of Congress
, which houses the Veterans History Project (VHP)
, has created Experiencing the War
, a companion Web site to the PBS series The War
. That series, created by Ken Burns, tells the story of World War II through footage, photos and recollections of people who lived it. (It’s had me glued to the television for the past two weeks.
The interviews cataloged on Experiencing the War don’t appear in The War
, but they’ll add to what you see on TV. The site groups WWII vets’ interviews to correspond to the series’ seven episodes. You get a photo and vital stats for each veteran, then you can watch the whole interview or selected clips.
If you're more of a page turner than a clicker, WWII stories from the VHP also appear in the new Library of Congress World War II Companion
by Margaret E Wagner, Linda Barrett Osborne and Susan Reyburn (Simon & Schuster, $45), along with narrative, photos, maps and charts.
See the VHP Web site
to browse stories from other wars back to World War I. You also can get information on participating
in the VHP by contributing your own wartime experiences, interviewing a veteran or donating war-related letters and journals.