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"Ila's War"

Ila’s War is the memoir of an obscure Kansas woman who overcame enormous obstacles to live, for her time, a remarkably worldly life — even going off to war in Australia. Many of the family crises Ila endured are pegged to major historical events in this country including the efforts of the Kansas Ku Klux Klan to drive Catholics out of business, the nation-wide Jamaica Ginger epidemic, and World War II. It is written in her voice, from letters, diaries, and a tape recording she left behind when she died in 2003.
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War Orphans of WWII

War Orphans of WWII

Estimates of War Orphans of WWII Approximately 13,000,000 European children became war orphans at the end of WWII.* This is the story of one Italian orphan whom my ... Read More
Pearl Harbor – three days later

Pearl Harbor – three days later

This is the last installment of a four part series about events in the early hours and days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It was originally published on ... Read More

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