The War: Nebraska Stories
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World War II was the largest human-made catastrophe in history, affecting almost every country in the world and touching the lives of every family in the United States.

Tojo, Hideki
World War II Asian Axis Dictator: Tojo, Hideki, Prime Minister & Minister of War, Japan.
Photograph captured by U.S. Army, mid 1940s. Public Domain.
Benito Mussolini & Adolf Hitler
World War II European Axis Dictators: Benito Mussolini, Prime Minister, Italy & Adolf Hitler, Chancellor, Germany.
Circa 1940s. Public Domain.

Previous modules talked about Nebraska’s involvement in that war, from the home front to the front lines. War affects governments and groups of people on such a large scale that it can be overwhelming. However, each event is experienced one person at a time, and each person has an individual story to tell. This module, THE WAR: NEBRASKA STORIES, continues the saga of World War II through very personal interviews with Nebraskans who lived through that war.

We present these Nebraska stories in twenty-five short videos, covering the following topics:

  • Reactions at Home
  • Combat
  • Minority Experiences
  • The Horrors of War
  • The Atom Bomb
Sgt. Ben Kuroki poses with shattered turret, 1940s Dr. Carlyle Wilson (on right) with a fellow soldier in Europe, 1940s
Cpl. Roger Peters in front of radio transmitters Lt. Col. Paul Adams in P40 plane
Clockwise from top left: Sgt. Ben Kuroki, Unidentified officer & Dr. Carlyle Wilson, Lt. Col. Paul Adams, Cpl. Roger Peters.

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THE WAR: NEBRASKA STORIES was created by NET to complement the PBS documentary, THE WAR, directed by Ken Burns. This module was funded, in part, by the Nebraska Humanities Council and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Project partners include NET Television, the Durham Western Heritage Museum, the University of Nebraska at Omaha Television, the Library of Congress – Veteran’s History Project, and the Nebraska State Historical Society.